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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

lead poisoning of children, a continuing horror

New York Times
WORLD | June 15, 2011
Lead Poisoning in China: The Hidden Scourge
By SHARON LaFRANIERE
Over the past two and a half years, thousands of workers, villagers and children have been found to be suffering from toxic levels of lead exposure, mostly caused by pollution from battery factories.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/world/asia/15lead.html?emc=eta1

But lead poisoned children are not only the shame of China, they are our shame as well. Is there any excuse for this state of affairs in America in this century? According to the Illinois Department of Health:

"National surveys estimate that more than 3 million children 6 years of age and younger have lead poisoning. This number represents almost one out of every six children younger than age 7. In Illinois, more than 5,000 children were found to have lead poisoning in 2008."

http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hblead.htm

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1 comment:

Janet said...

a never ending crisis for children