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1 in 7 Highland Park kids had elevated blood lead levels, report finds

Posted at 12:15 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 18:54:58-04

Nearly one in seven children in Highland Park have elevated blood lead levels, according to a state report. 

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The report, part of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, found that 14 percent of kids in Highland Park had elevated blood lead levels.

The 2016 report targeted 47,554 children under age six in nine different cities in Michigan.

Detroit had the second-highest percentage of kids with elevated blood lead levels at 8.8 percent. Detroit had the highest percentage of kids tested at 40.4 percent of the estimated population of children under 6.

According to federal guidelines, kids under age 6 who have 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead in their blood are considered high lead levels.

Jackson, Saint Joseph and Calhoun counties all had the highest percentage of kids with elevated blood levels at 7.6 percent, 6.4 percent and 6.4 percent respectively.

To read the entire report, click here.

14% of Highland Park kids had high lead levels by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd