High lead levels in 5 kids in Ohio town with tainted water

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SEBRING, Ohio (January 27, 2016) — Blood tests show elevated lead levels in five children who live in rural northeastern Ohio where lead-tainted drinking water has been found.

Health officials say it’s too early to know if the elevated levels are tied to the tap water in Sebring near Youngstown.

The Ohio Health Department says it has a team of investigators meeting with the children and their families Wednesday to determine if the water could be the cause.

The state’s health director says almost all lead cases are usually linked to sources other than water such as lead paint.

Residents in Sebring and two other communities were told late last week that high levels of lead had been found last summer in the drinking water.

Many are upset that months went by without a warning.

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