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Published October 24, 2012, 09:21 PM

Blood lead levels in children dropped tremendously in 17 years

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Prevention efforts in Minnesota are paying off.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Prevention efforts in Minnesota are paying off.

The number of children with elevated blood lead dropped 87 percent in the last 17 years.

Clay County Public Health says testing plays a huge part. Children are now typically tested each year. Also, she says less goods contain lead, like paint, and gasoline.

Officials say the effort is to prevent lead poisoning, and make sure families are aware of the risk.

Kathy Anderson, Clay County Public Health: "To provide education, support, and really help them try to determine where that exposure is maybe even coming from.”

In 1995, more than 4,000 people had elevated blood lead. Last year, there was under 600.

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