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Lead Poisoning More Common Among Immigrant Children

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Immigrantchildren are five times more likely than those born in the U.S. to havelead poisoning, according to a study in the January issue of the AmericanJournal of Public Health, AP/Long Island Newsdayreports. The report looked at 406 children in New York City in 2002; half of them had leadpoisoning.

The study also said that children who had lived in outside of the U.S. in the previous six months, especially the Dominican Republic, Haiti,Mexico and Pakistan, were11 times more likely than other children to have lead poisoning. Study authorJessica Leighton said the children in the study with lead poisoning likely wereaffected in their native countries.

The New York CityDepartment of Health and Mental Hygiene said the study is the first to look at leadpoisoning among the city's immigrant children (AP/Long Island Newsday,12/19).

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