Michigan may require all children be tested for lead

The testing is part of a state initiative to protect children from all sources of lead poisoning in the aftermath of the Flint disaster.

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LANSING, MI,NOVEMBER 18, 2016 -- According to the Associated Press, the state of Michigan will consider requiring all infants and toddlers be tested for lead poisoning going forward.

The testing is part of a state initiative, unveiled by Gov. Rick Snyder this week to protect children from all sources of lead poisoning in the aftermath of the Flint disaster.

A report published by the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board calls for the screening of all children for lead by the time they turn 1 and again between ages 2 and 3. Such testing is currently only required for low-income children whose families receive federal assistance.

Water in Flint homes teted positive for high lead levels after the city was switched in 2014 from Detroit's water system to improperly treated Flint River water while under state financial management. Other sources of lead include dust and soil. Officials in Michigan say universal testing would allow them to pinpoint the source of lead poisoning, which is extremely harmful to infants.

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