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Pediatric lead exposure and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

DeWitt, Rachel D. PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: February 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 43–46
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000511794.60054.eb
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ABSTRACT Changing the source of the water supply to save money had the unintended consequence of exposing residents of Flint, Mich., to elevated lead levels in their drinking water. A study done at Flint's Hurley Children's Hospital demonstrated that the incidence of elevated blood lead levels of children living in the affected area nearly doubled after the change in the water source. This article reviews the recommendations for lead screening and for reporting, following, and treating children with blood lead levels greater than 5 mcg/dL.

Rachel D. DeWitt is an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich., and practices at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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