Richard S. Weisman, director of the Florida Poison Information Center, told Grove residents at a health fair Saturday that 10 people had approached his office for advice about having their children tested for lead, arsenic and other materials. Of the 10, he said, only five later got back to him and reported the results of their tests, all of which were benign.
“It’s a ridiculously teeny number,” said Weisman, a professor of pediatrics and an associate dean at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. The parents who called his office, he recalled, “all said their kids were in the parks all the time, rolling around in the dirt.”
Even if some residents had been tested without his knowledge, he said, any alarming results would by law have been reported to state health officials by the doctor or health facility that had undertaken the test.
“If even one of them had tested positive, the state would have stepped in,” he said.
Because state health officials haven’t received reports, Weisman said he’s confident that whatever toxic materials lie in the parks pose no danger to the public. Read more.
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