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Two Portland students with high lead levels were exposed at home, not school

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Two Portland students who had high levels of lead in their blood were exposed at home, not at school, according to the Multnomah County Health Department.

More than 500 children and adults were tested last month after high levels of lead were discovered in the water at Creston and Rose City Park schools.

Two children tested positive for high levels of lead. On Tuesday, the health department reported that the children were both exposed from a household source.

Perry Cabot, the investigator for the Multnomah County Leadline, said drinking water was not the source of either child's exposure.

Over the last several years, the Multnomah County Health Department has not connected anyone with elevated lead in their blood to drinking water from any source.

Investigations have traced lead poisoning in children in the community to numerous sources including paint, metal scrapping, hobbies, pottery and a teapot from a yard sale.

Portland Public Schools has been testing for lead in the water at all schools, with results being posted at

Parents worried about any lead exposure should have their child tested within one to two months of suspected exposure or the lead may have already left the child's body.

For more health information, call the county Leadline at 503-988-4000 or go to

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