Blood tests recommended over Notre Dame lead risk
Paris' regional health agency is recommending that children under seven and pregnant women who live near Notre Dame Cathedral take a blood test over concern the fire that ravaged the monument caused lead pollution. The April 15 blaze sent tons of toxic lead from the cathedral's burnt-out roof into the air, later sinking to the ground as dust. The agency said it has identified a child from the area with "a blood lead level above the regulatory threshold." Soil samples and some administrative buildings nearby tested positive for high levels of lead.
Local authorities in Paris stressed Thursday that lead contamination from the fire at Notre - Dame cathedral posed no danger to the public after claims in a © STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN Paris health authorities have urged children and pregnant women living around the cathedral to have the levels of
PARIS – The fire that destroyed much of the Notre - Dame Cathedral also caused lead pollution in the area, French authorities have said. Following the identification of a blood lead level in a child higher than the regulatory reporting threshold, the Regional Health Agency (Agence Régionale de Santé
PARIS (AP) — Health officials in Paris say a child needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead poisoning.
The Regional Health Authority said the Parisian child, who was tested last week, won't need treatment yet. Checks are being conducted to determine whether the lead came from the April fire or another source.
The child's school, near the cathedral, was closed in July due to high lead levels found on its grounds.
A total of 162 children have been tested for lead in Paris after hundreds of tons of lead that was in Notre Dame's spire and roof melted in the blaze.
Authorities recommended blood tests for children under 7 and pregnant women who live near Notre Dame.
Lead around Notre-Dame: in children, nothing to report
Measurements of lead levels were made in 750 children. The threshold for mandatory reporting of lead poisoning has not been exceeded in any of them.
Riverains of Notre Dame: be reassured, the health authorities have not found abnormal levels of lead in the blood of your children. The provisional assessment of about 750 schoolchildren in the vicinity of the cathedral "does not issue a health warning" at this stage, according to Public Health France."Put back the need for vigilance"
Indeed, the threshold for mandatory reporting of lead poisoning, estimated at 50 micrograms of lead per liter of blood, has not been exceeded for any child. It remains "slightly weaker" than the national average measured in 2009. This campaign still had the merit of "putting back the need for vigilance" against the dangers of lead, said the director general of the Agency Regional Health Authority (ARS) Aurelien Rousseau.Also read:
After the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris on April 15,, resulting in pollution near the cathedral . The samples taken from April 17 by the Central Laboratory of the Prefecture of Police, however, showed that there was no risk associated with the quality of the air. The laboratory nevertheless indicated that heterogeneous values, for some high, were found in soils nearby and in several administrative premises. 34 cases above the "threshold of vigilance" in August
Sampling at levels too high in some schools have also led the ARS to recommend the screening of children, most at risk of lead poisoning, which can have consequences on their psychomotor development.
As of August 31, 398 blood lead levels had already been achieved, highlighting 34 cases, set at 25 μg / l, and three cases slightly above 50 μg / l. Among them, a source of contamination in the home had been identified, unrelated to the fire. In addition, since 1 September, "three new cases of exceedance have been identified", for which investigations are ongoing. However, these "do not change the overall conclusions" on the situation, according to Public Health France.
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