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Surgeon general: Flint families need help amid lead crisis

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says Flint's children and families need as much support as possible amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Murthy met with doctors, social workers, students and others on Monday in Flint and is scheduled meet with residents and take questions on Tuesday.

The Detroit Free Press reports Murthy says that most Flint children exposed to lead should be OK, but help is needed with education and nutrition. He notes, however, that "we don't know which kids are going to develop complications going forward."

If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities.

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control in the water caused lead to leach from old plumbing throughout the city.

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