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Health officials say Flint children should be evaluated for developmental delays

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Genesee County health officials want young children from Flint evaluated for developmental issues.

Testing has shown Flint’s drinking water has long since recovered from its lead crisis in 2014 and 2015.   

But Nicole Jason, Intervention Services Supervisor with the Genesee Intermediate School District, says women may still be passing lead onto the unborn children.

“If they were living on the Flint water line at the time and they continued to drink the water at the time, their bodies do have the lead in it and it can be exposed when they are pregnant.”

About a thousand children, five years old and under are in Genesee County programs to evaluate them for developmental problems. But officials say the number of referrals is down because of the pandemic.