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Lead Dust on Child Safety Seats Poses Risk

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Dust in cars and on child safety seats can cause lead poisoning in children, a new study reports.

Mandatory routine screening in Maine identified six children under the age of 6 years whose elevated blood lead levels were linked to lead dust in the family vehicles and on their child safety seats. These are the first known cases of this kind.

Prevention recommendations offered by the study authors include proper washing of work clothing, thorough vacuuming and wet cleaning of vehicle interiors, and replacement of any child safety seat that tests positive for lead dust.

The study appears in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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