MSU veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students have tested almost 300 dogs for lead toxicity since February. The free lead screening events have been held at the Genesee County Humane Society, community centers, and churches in areas affected by the Flint water crisis. MSU Assistant Professor Daniel Langlois has been leading the effort, and says that long-term exposure to high levels of lead can cause neurologic or brain changes. Seven dogs have tested >50 ppb, which is considered a toxic level. More dogs have tested positive for higher than normal levels that are not considered toxic. Education also is an important part of the College’s work related to lead toxicity in the Flint area. The College has generated and distributed fliers for health care providers and owners.
Type of Project: Educational
Target Population: Other (specify below)
Target Locations: Flint
Principal Investigators: Hilda Mejeia Abreu; Daniel Langois
Lead Institution: MSU Extension
Current Community Partners: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDAR) , and MSU-Extension on behalf of Dean Baker, Genesee County Humane Society