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New report outlines lead concerns in City of Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new report released by The Milwaukee Health Department on Monday shows significant deficiencies in the city's lead program.

This comes just a few weeks after the city said 6,000 letters may not have been mailed out to families with children with elevated lead levels.

The report finds that two children with 9 times the lead level recommended by the CDC were allowed to return to their homes without an environmental inspection done by the city.

It also shows inadequate documentation for anywhere between 30 to 100 home visits of children with elevated lead levels. The report reveals the number of Health Department employees assigned to the lead program has dropped since state and federal funding has decreased.

Mayor Barrett says they are taking action to correct these problems.

"This is a time for all of us, elected officials, community leaders, parents, healthcare providers, to work together and do what's right for the children of this community and that's what I intend to do, to work with anyone who is willing to work with me to make sure we are addressing the needs of the children. Right now, I am focused on making sure the children in this community get the healthcare services they deserve."

The 51-page report was given to CBS 58 News. The full report is attached below.



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