Ingham County done testing Glencairn Elementary School students for lead

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Ingham County Health Department has provided another round of lead-testing for children attending Glencairn Elementary School in East Lansing.

In January, school officials had water samples taken after a sticker was found on a water fountain. The sticker read: “Flush this faucet each day to reduce lead levels to acceptable health limits.” Daniel Hamburg is live in the Newscenter with an update on today’s testing.

Sheri, the latest opportunity to test for lead just wrapped up at the health clinic in Spartan Village.

Ingham County Health officials told us no results from recent testing on these students have come back with elevated blood lead levels.
Roughly 200 children in Ingham County are poisoned by lead every year, but officials say they are not concerned about water quality in school districts or across our area. The main concern with lead exposure is due to paint dust in older housing. Health Officer Linda Vail says the testing provided to students at the school in addition to today’s tests is to ease parent’s minds.

“We’ll be done with testing, relative to concerns that got raised as a result of this specific incident,” Vail said. “We do have a goal in our state, anywhere, to test all children under the age of six for lead poisoning.”

Vail says they’ve only tested about 20 percent of children in Ingham County because people aren’t seeking it as much.

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