300 N.H. Families Got Erroneous Letters Their Kids Had High Lead Levels

Sep 19, 2019


New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says about 300 families were sent an erroneous letter saying a blood test for their children showed elevated levels of lead.

The department's Division for Public Health Services apologized for the error in a news release Wednesday.

It said the false notification was the result of a processing error.

The incorrect letters from the department's Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program said a test result showed the children had a blood-lead level of 3 micrograms per deciliter, or higher. The department said that corrected letters were being mailed that say the blood-lead level test result showed no exposure above the 3 micrograms.

The department said it is "working diligently" to make sure no additional letters are sent to parents in error.