No elevated blood lead levels found after Sandy water contamination

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SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – After screening more than 700 Sandy residents, no elevated blood lead levels were found as a result of the contaminated water crisis, according to the Utah Health Department. 

Intermountain Health Department provided blood lead level screening to 704 Sandy residents in affected areas at no cost to them, according to Utah Health Department officials. They say the screening took place from February 23 to March 8.

Only one person’s blood test was above the healthy base level out of the 704 people who were tested. In this case, the Center for Disease Control recommends that appropriate action is taken.

Despite the single case of elevated blood lead levels, Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) said this number is below what would be expected for the population size based on elevated blood lead levels nationwide.

They say the one individual that tested above the CDC action level is an adult over 65 years old who may have had other possible exposures to lead.

Health officials said based on how long fluoride, lead, and copper was in the Sandy water system, it was unlikely to have long-term health impacts for residents affected.

Executive director for SLCoHD, Gary Edwards issued a thank you to Intermountain:

“We extend our thanks to Intermountain Healthcare for providing this service to these residents, we are grateful that these results confirm for those screened that any potential exposure to elevated levels of lead in this incident was indeed brief enough to not cause elevated blood lead levels.”

SLCoHD recommends pregnant women and all children under 6 countywide receive a blood lead test from their health care provider regardless of their involvement in the Sandy water incident.

They say the most common source of lead poisoning in children is from old paint in homes built before 1978. Officials added that lead is also present in many other common products, including jewelry, tableware, charms, ammunition, fishing sinkers, stained glass, miniblinds, roofing, artificial turf and even toys produced in countries without strict safety guideline. 

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