Getting the Lead Out

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Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Alan Katz reports on his visit to northern Nigeria where he spoke to families affected by the worst lead-poisoning crisis in modern medical history. At least 284 children under the age of five have died from lead poisoning in eight villages in Nigeria’s Zamfara state, according to the government. The deaths are an unintended consequence of a 21st century gold rush when villagers sought a better life by gathering gold from hills they didn’t know were also loaded with lead. (Source: Bloomberg)


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