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Trail blood lead levels continue to decline

It appears most families in Trail continue to see the importance of getting their small children’s blood lead levels checked.

The latest results of tests on kids 6 months to 36 months shows 89% were under the 10 microgram per decileter goal.

And 75% of the families contacted for testing went through with it.

Dr Rob Parker , Medical Health Officer with Interior Health says that’s good news given the dip in the participation rate a few years back.

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The average blood lead level among the 119 kids tested has improved further to 4.3 micrograms per decileter. The Canadian average is around 1.5.

Dr Parker says there’s an expectation of more improvements as Teck moves to contain their fugitive metals dust.

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