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Chinese children with lead poisoning are denied treatment

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3814 (Published 17 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3814
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

Children with dangerously high blood levels of lead from industrial pollution are routinely denied testing and treatment, and their family members and journalists reporting on cases are intimidated and harassed, says a report by US based Human Rights Watch.

The report, My Children Have Been Poisoned, is based on interviews with 52 parents and grandparents of children with lead poisoning in villages where there are smelters or other polluting industrial facilities in four Chinese provinces—Henan, Hunan, Shaanxi, and Yunnan, with additional research in Shanghai and Beijing.

Parents reported inconsistencies in test results. Blood tests conducted locally and paid for by local governments produced normal blood lead levels, whereas tests …

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