China investigating child lead poisoning cases

Associated Press: Chinese officials said Wednesday they are investigating heightened lead levels among hundreds of children in Hunan province thought to be linked to local smelters -- one of many cases underscoring the toll pollution is taking on the health of rural Chinese. Health checks last month showed excessive levels of lead in the blood samples of 254 out of 397 children under age 14 living in three villages closest to the factories in Hunan's Jiahe county, a county government spokesman ......

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