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#LeadPoisoning #pertussis #ColiformBacteria

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> Toddler must-have under recall

>> With law change, infections drop

>> Major city under water advisory

The Med & Mic™ 11.28.22

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Sippy Cup Recall

A lead poisoning hazard has led to a voluntary recall of sippy cups and bottles made by Green Sprouts. The base of the products can break off, exposing a solder dot that contains lead. Exposure to this heavy metal in children can cause learning disabilities and developmental delays. Most intentional uses of lead in products are banned in the U.S. The 6-ounce Stainless Steel Sippy Cup, Sip & Straw Cup, and the 8-ounce Stainless Steel Straw Bottle are sold at Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond. No injuries have been reported. (Source: NPR. E. Bowman, 11.28.22)

Pertussis Rates Fall in Maine

Maine’s pertussis rate has plummeted after abolishing philosophical and religious exemptions from school vaccine requirements with a 2019 law. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that causes severe bouts of coughing and can be dangerous to infants. Maine had one of the highest rates of pertussis in the country in 2019. The rate has dropped from 28 to 7 per 100,000, which is now close to the national average. (Source: AP, 11.26.22)

Houston Boils

After a power outage at one of Houston’s water purification plants and a drop in pressure, the city has issued a boil water notice. Residents are advised to boil for three minutes before using water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing teeth. If residents are without power, they should use only bottled water. Schools are shut down. (Source: NBC DFW, B. Brightman, 11.27.22)

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