Residents of Flint, Mich., complained of persistent problems with their water since the city switched the supply in April 2014. Research showed the number of children with above-average levels of lead in their blood doubled, prompting the mayor to declare a state of emergency Dec. 15. (AP)For months, worried parents in Flint, Mich., arrived at their pediatricians’ offices in droves. Holding a toddler by the hand or an infant in their arms, they all have the same question: Are their children being poisoned?
To find out, all it takes is a prick of the finger, a small letting of blood. If tests come back positive, the potentially severe consequences are far more difficult to discern.
That’s how lead works. It leaves its mark quietly, with a virtually invisible trail. But years later, when a child shows signs of a learning disability or behavioral issues, lead’s prior presence in the bloodstream suddenly becomes inescapable.
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