128 blood lead tests in Flint may not be accurate

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Published: May. 17, 2017 at 11:23 AM EDT
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(05/18/17) - U.S. health agencies are warning that certain tests for lead poisoning may not be accurate.

Faulty testing equipment from Magellan Diagnostics potentially showed readings that were lower than actual blood lead levels.

MDHHS says it potentially effects tests in about 9,000 children under age 6 statewide and 128 in Flint.

The FDA says the company's tests shouldn't be used for those kinds of blood samples. The agency believes the issue may date to 2014.

A spokesperson with MDHHS says they are recommending people call or return to the medical facility where testing was done to see if their results are affected.

Medical healthcare professionals are also being warned to check their records.

Children under age 6 and pregnant and nursing women who had readings higher than 10 micrograms per deciliter may need to be retested if they were tested using equipment from Magellan Diagnostics.

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