Health & FitParis child at risk of lead poisoning after Notre Dame fire

15:51  07 august  2019
15:51  07 august  2019 Source:   ap.org

Blood tests recommended over Notre Dame lead risk

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.

Paris child at risk of lead poisoning after Notre Dame fire © Provided by The Associated Press Notre Dame cathedral is silhouetted as environmental groups and unionists attend a news conference to warn against lead particles polluting the air in the area, and ask for a regularly updated chart showing pollution levels in Paris, France, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Hundreds of tons of toxic lead in Notre Dame's spire and roof melted during the April fire. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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.

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