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State Officials Looking At New Ways To Fight Lead Poisoning

September 26th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Lead poisoning, once widespread, appears on the way to becoming a rarity among children living in old rental housing in Baltimore and the rest of Maryland. But the problem is growing among youngsters who live in owner-occupied and newer rental homes, and that is prompting state officials to look for new ways to fight the longtime health scourge. State environmental officials reported last week that the number of Maryland children found last year with harmful levels of lead in their blood declined to 531, down by 22 from the year before and less than 0.5 percent of all youngsters tested. Governor Martin O’Malley, while acknowledging that there is still work to be done, applauded the team efforts in nearly eradicating the problem…

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