By RAY WILBUR
Capital News Service
LANSING — While the Flint water crisis brought national attention to children exposed to lead, a larger group of adults and children with elevated lead levels is mostly ignored, officials say.
Young children whose parents have elevated blood lead levels are a high-risk group, health experts say. In Michigan, 34 percent of children under 6 with parents who have elevated lead levels also have elevated levels, according to a 2014 report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The lead comes home on the shoes and clothes of the parents who pick it up at work.
“The percentage of children in this group is much higher than in Flint,” said Ken Rosenman, chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Michigan State University.
“What about these kids? Why aren’t they being mentioned?” Continue reading