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More than 950 children in northwest China suffer lead poisoning

More than 950 children in northwest China were stricken with lead poisoning by an unregulated smelting plant which was shut down and then re-opened, state press said on Monday.
Hui County Non-Ferrous Metal Smelting Plant in Gansu province, which had substandard pollution control equipment, was found to be source of the lead poisoning, earlier reports said.

However, it continued to operate this summer despite being ordered to cease production earlier this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Along with 334 children who were diagnosed to have excessive amount of lead in their blood, the latest round of tests found another 620 children to be lead poisoned, it said.

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