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Families to receive guidelines on lead exposure

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

Health officials have established guidelines for families on how they should respond to ongoing problems with the municipal water supply in Flint.

The Genesee County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services plan to send letters to parents this week with information regarding lead testing and how to reduce lead exposure after elevated blood lead levels were found in some Flint children.

Children can be exposed to lead from drinking water in lead pipes, old lead paint, soil, pottery, cosmetics, toys, some home remedies and adult jobs or hobbies, including auto repair, stained glass and jewelry making.

The departments recommend children between the ages of 1 and 2 undergo lead testing during routine doctor visits.

They also suggest using filtered water for drinking, cooking and washing fruits.

Mobile users can view information on lead poisoning here.

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