Detroit had Michigan’s highest proportion of kids take a look at optimistic for lead poisoning – eight.eight p.c citywide – in 2016, together with one Zip Code the place 22 p.c of youngsters examined optimistic.

Data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services present youngsters are being sickened by lead in counties throughout the state from Manistee to Hillsdale and St. Clair. Rates continued to say no in Genesee County, the place the Flint water disaster put a nationwide highlight on the issue of lead poisoning.

Experts say a big enhance in Detroit’s childhood lead poisoning fee, from 7.5 p.c in 2015, alerts a necessity for packages to get youngsters examined and mitigate the consequences of lead poisoning. High blood lead ranges can lead trigger developmental issues, behavioral issues and studying difficulties, based on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The pattern is clear. We need get these numbers down,” stated Lyke Thompson, director of Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies.

Detroit was adopted by Jackson County, the place 7.6 p.c of kids examined had excessive blood lead ranges in 2016, and Calhoun and St. Joseph counties, each with a fee of 6.four p.c.

Excluding Detroit, Wayne County’s fee was 2.1 p.c.

Just 1.eight p.c of youngsters examined optimistic for lead poisoning in Flint, the place hundreds of thousands of in state and federal funding has been spent to mitigate the consequences of lead-tainted water brought on by town switching its water supply in 2014.

Christine MacDonald contributed.

kbouffard@detroitnews.com

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