New Mexico: New administration opens up on lead data

document: questionnaire to determine potential lead exposure and need for testing

The NM Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has 13 questions to help you determine if you should test your child for lead. It’s online at: https://nmhealth.org/publication/view/form/351/

In 2017, Reuters published a map on lead poisoning among children across the nation. The story examined where children were tested for lead and how many had high levels of the toxic metal in their blood. At that time, NM Political Report spent months … [more…]

Brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana drinking water again

microscopic photo: Brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana drinking water again

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A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been detected in a Louisiana neighborhood’s drinking water — the third time the terrifying discovery has been made in the same parish since 2015, reports said.

Naegleria fowleri, which causes fatal brain swelling and tissue destruction, was found over the weekend in Terrebonne Parish, deep in the Louisiana bayou about an hour south of New Orleans, WWL-TV reported.

“It kinda freaks me out … [more…]

Puerto Rico is becoming a textbook example of how waterborne disease outbreaks spread

Puerto Rico is becoming a textbook example of how waterborne disease outbreaks spread

The disaster in Puerto Rico wrought by hurricane Maria is still unraveling one month after it hit. Most of the island remains without electricity. A third of residents still don’t have running water, while those who do can’t count on what comes out of the faucet being clean. Meanwhile, pools and puddles of standing water due to recent heavy rains (link in Spanish) following Maria are primed to spread disease.

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