Lead Blood Testing Results Showing Few Elevated Levels

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Marion County Health Department Public Health Laboratory has completed testing 1,782-blood lead samples taken since the first of several national recall of toys was announced August 2. The various toys were determined to pose a potential lead risk to children.

Of the samples completed to date, less than two percent of those tested had an elevated blood level. The health department will contact these individuals for a second, follow-up blood draw and screening.

Normal elevated testing result rates range between 3 and 4 percent. Health officials are pleased with the results and the progress made on completing the tests in a timely fashion.

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The Public Health Laboratory reports having more than 1,000 samples in house and ready to be tested.

Total tested to date: 1,782

Total tests that were slightly elevated: 1.07% 19 patients

Total tests that were elevated: .56% 10 patients

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