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Too much lead in water at 2 childcare centers

Mar. 28, 2013 - 04:36PM   |  
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Drinking water in two Norfolk, Va.-area childcare centers tested positive for lead, putting children at risk for a series of health problems.

In a statement released Thursday, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic said that water samples from care centers at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Naval Station Norfolk showed traces of lead beyond safe Environmental Protection Agency levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children under 6 are at particular risk of lead poisoning because their bodies are quickly growing. Low levels of exposure can hurt nearly every system in the body including the nervous system, kidneys and blood. Higher levels can cause comas, convulsions and death.

The Navy did not immediately say how many children had contact with the contaminated water, how much levels exceeded government standards, or how long children were exposed.

It said that staff and parents of children at the childcare facility were notified, but it did not say if previous staff members or families who may have been exposed were also told about the dangerous findings.

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