LeadCare II identifies lead exposure in India

6/25/2015

Lead poisoning in India is up and it’s not just due to Maggi.  Using the LeadCare II system, Golwilkar Metropolis Health Services tested 309 samples of blood for lead from June 1st 2014 to June 1st 2015 and found that 43% of samples had unsafe levels of lead. This shows a 13% increase in the rate of lead exposure from a similar study the year before. In the aftermath of the Maggi – lead controversy, more Indians are educating themselves on the dangers of lead exposure. They are learning what the National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning Prevention (NRCLPP), who runs the lead testing at Golwilkar Metropolis Health Services, has been saying for years: lead is everywhere. 

Unfortunately, not all states in India have labs that offer blood lead testing and the labs that do are seeing increased demand. Around 100 million Indians, including 50% of the children under age 12 are affected by lead exposure. 7% of the blood samples the Golwilkar Metropolis Health Services tested resulted in blood lead levels over 70 µg/dL, which is an extremely dangerous level of lead. Many Indians may be unaware that they have been affected by lead poisoning.

The only way to know if you have been exposed is with a blood test. 
 
About LeadCare II:
LeadCare II is a fingerstick lead test requiring just 2 drops blood and provides results in 3 minutes, allowing doctors to test and take action in a single visit.  It is manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics, a medical device company that provides point-of-care systems, clinical laboratory instruments and analytical laboratory services focused on blood lead testing. 

For more information about Magellan Diagnostics, visit www.magellandx.com
To read more about lead in India and the Maggi scandal visit: http://m.timesofindia.com/city/pune/blood-tests-in-pune-show-high-lead-levels/articleshow/47682963.cms
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