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High lead levels in kids not just linked to water

Of 20,000 tests last year of blood-lead levels in children 6 and younger, fewer than 2 percent were high enough to warrant concern, state health officials say. But parents and health providers should pay close attention to real risks. Hint: It’s not the water.

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