New project will track long-term health effects of Flint’s water emergency

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FLINT (WJRT) - (01/13/17) - Tracking the long term health effects of Flint's water emergency - that's the goal of a new project announced Friday.

From the beginning of the crisis, health experts have said it will be important to track people exposed to high lead levels in the drinking water for years to fully understand the impact.

Friday, the state announced a half a million dollar grant for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine to plan a registry of Flint residents.

MSU will work with Hurley Children's Hospital and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to come up with the plan.

It would allow health experts to identify and track victims of the water crisis over the coming years.

That will help coordinate care for children and adults who could be seeing multiple doctors, and make sure they are getting access to all of the services available to them.

The first goal will be to set up rules for the registry and put measures in place to make sure people's private information is protected.

Work is expected to start immediately, but it could take up to a year before people are signed up.

Earlier this week, Flint, state and federal officials reported the most recent test results show the level of lead in the city's water is dropping - but they are still telling people in the city to continue to use filters or drink bottled water.

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