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Hospital, MSU team up to support future of lead-exposed children

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Children under the age of 6 are at higher risk of being damaged by lead water poisoning.

"We have to focus on that tomorrow because this kids owe it – we owe it to these kids," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

That is the reason why doctors from the Hurley Children’s Hospital and the Michigan State University Medical School are joining forces in helping deal with the aftermath of the flint water crisis.

"But we owe it to these kids to make sure that they have the brightest future possible and that what this initiative is," Hanna-Attisha said. "It is bringing in the greatest minds from Michigan State University, from Hurley Children's Hospital to see what we can do for these children.”

Local health officials said this commitment is critical to optimizing the long term health and development of Flint's future generation.

"it brings together a lot of very important partners to combine our resources, our knowledge and have some kind of a central area where we can expand upon what needs to be done to intervene because of what happen in this community," said Mark Valack, Genesee County Health Department health officer.

And news that a recent spike in Legionnaires’ disease could be tied to Flint water will also be addressed by this group.

“It's another thing that we want to keep a close watch on,” Valack said. “We want to bring experts in to help understand whether there might be a connection to the municipal supply that we've never seen before here.”

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