Study: Mississippi children have high levels of lead in their blood

Children in Mississippi have higher levels of lead in their blood than they did six years ago, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The Mississippi State Health Department refutes this data, suggesting children's blood lead levels have gone down over the past several years.

Data from Quest Diagnostics shows that from 2009 to 2015, nearly 10,000 Mississippi children under 6 with high blood lead levels jumped from 3.6 percent to 6.3 percent. This was the highest increase in children with unsafe blood lead levels out of 37-state data set.

“There are a lot of kids in Mississippi who are dealing with high lead,” said Dr. Harvey Kaufman, senior medical director of Quest Diagnostics.


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