No Detectable Lead Poisoning in Flint Children

posted by Arianna Marie - 

It turns out there really wasn't much lead contamination in Flint, Michigan after all. 

The city's water in 2014-15 saw a sad deterioration when the city switched its water supply where pipes began experiencing major corrosion and lead began seeping into the water. Soon after, Flint switched back to its old water supply but the damage had already been done. 

But according to a New York Times piece, experts say the increase in lead content in children's blood was essentially non-existent. The increase was only 0.11 micrograms per deciliter, which is within the range of normal fluctuation. 

There really should not be any level of lead in people's blood but we do not live in a lead-free environment so some traces of lead are present in majority of American's blood. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the level of lead where medical treatment is recommended is 45 micrograms per deciliter. Zero children in Flint were tested at that amount. The children were no doubt exposed to elevated levels of lead but none of them tested with high enough lead levels to require medical treatment. 

Flint's water is currently back to normal after switching back to the Detroit River water system in 2015.

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