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Two Sebring area children test positive for lead

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The Ohio Department of Health says more thorough testing has confirmed that two children from the Sebring area have excessive levels of lead in their blood system.

The two are among six children who showed indications of excessive lead levels through initial blood screenings administered in Sebring.

The preliminary blood tests, which consist of a finger prick, were offered following disclosure that water samples tested for high lead levels in some Sebring homes.

The parents of the six children were advised to undergo more extensive venous testing to determine if the lead levels were actually above acceptable levels.

Health officials say three of the six children have been cleared through the more thorough testing.

Final  test results have not been returned on the sixth child.

ODH Medical Director Mary DiOrio tells 21 News that high lead levels in people are very rarely related to drinking water, but can be caused by other factors such as deteriorating lead paint in homes and soil contaminated by industry.

The Ohio Department of Health has contacted the families of the two children and is working with them on ways to reduce the amounts of lead in their environment.

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