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Flint Water Crisis Causes Fears Among Washtenaw Residents

Apr 14, 2016

Lead Poisoning Testing Kit
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The ongoing water crisis in Flint is raising concerns among many local parents about lead poisoning in Washtenaw County.

To help answer those questions, Washtenaw County Public Health is providing information and offering free screenings for children 6 and under who are either uninsured or on Medicaid.

Susan Cerniglia is a spokesperson for the department.  She says it's hard to know how big of an issue it is in the county.


"We're finding as we look at some of the data that not a lot of children are regularly screened.  So, it's a little bit tricky to know if there's much of a problem."

Cerniglia says parents with questions or concerns about a child's exposure to lead to should talk to their pediatrician or Washtenaw Health.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him studio@wemu.org