Excessive lead levels found in 200 Chinese kids

Anhui-Provincial-ChildrenBeijing, Jan 5 : Medical tests have shown that over 200 children in a Chinese province have dangerously high levels of lead in their blood.

The Anhui Provincial Children's Hospital in east China tested 280 children from Gaohe township for lead poisoning in late December, and most of them were diagnosed with high blood lead levels, said Cheng Bangning, deputy director of the hospital's micro-elements testing laboratory.

A total of 23 children were hospitalised as they suffered from moderate to severe lead poisoning, or have more than 250 micrograms of lead per litre of blood, he said.

Most of the children were living in an area where two battery plants were located, Xinhua reported.

The local government has now shut down the plants.

Excessive lead in blood can cause damage to the digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems and also cause stomach aches, anaemia and convulsions.(IANS)