Video PlayerClose UNITED NATIONS, July 30 (Xinhua) — Lead poisoning is affecting children on a massive and previously unknown scale, up to 800 million globally, said a study released on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Pure Earth. “With few early symptoms, lead silently wreaks havoc on children’s health and development, with possibly fatal consequences,” said Henrietta Fore, the UNICEF executive director, in a press release. “Knowing how widespread lead pollution is and understanding the destruction it causes to individual lives and communities must inspire urgent action to protect children once and for all.” About one-third of children in the world have blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the level at which requires action. Nearly half of these children live in South Asia, according to the study. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that causes irreparable harm to children’s brains and is particularly destructive to babies and children under the age of 5. It damages their brains before they have had the opportunity to fully develop, causing them life-long neurological, cognitive and physical impairment. Childhood lead exposure has also been linked to mental health and behavioral problems, and to an increase in crime and violence,… Read full this story
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