Michigan's Lead Problem Extends Beyond Flint
The state found increased lead levels in kids under six in Detroit and Grand Rapids.By Eugene Daniels | August 16, 2016
Kids in Flint aren't the only ones in Michigan with higher levels of lead in their blood. A report by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services found an increase in lead in kids 6 years and younger in Detroit and Grand Rapids — along with Flint — from April through June.
At this point, there's no answer as to why. But the state's health department says potential reasons could be a change in testing patterns and an increase in awareness by parents and doctors.
Michigan's chief medical executive attributed the awareness factor to Flint, saying, "I think parents are now much more educated about lead. You don't want crises to make people more aware, but this does have the silver lining of making people more aware."