The Lead-Poisoned Children of Flint, Michigan

Photograph: Jake May | MLive.com/AP, via The Guardian

Photograph: Jake May | MLive.com/AP, via The Guardian

If a child was poisoned by lead contamination in October, Edwards says, but had then switched to clean, non-leaded water straight after, traces in that child’s blood would have all but disappeared by now, just three months later.

Because many of the effects of lead poisoning are permanent, a child may be suffering from the effects of lead poisoning, he says, but with no way of it showing up in the blood through tests.

Edwards says a safe approach would be to assume that at this point all of Flint’s children have been exposed to lead.

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