One Flint, Mich., resident, who prided himself on drinking a lot of water and being healthy, now has a blood-lead level that is five times what is considered toxic, the Detroit Free Press reports.
For the past six months, Aaron Stinson has suffered from excessive sweating, fatigue and severe headaches, among other inexplicable symptoms that crept up out of nowhere.
"I consume a lot of water," Stinson told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. "That may be where my issue came in at, thinking that I'm living healthy and drinking something that I thought was pure for my body. … It's hard to really express how I feel, because I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it," he said. "My body is tainted with lead."
According to the report, Stinson initially shrugged off the multiple reports about Flint residents experiencing similar symptoms because of the city's contaminated water. But soon it became all too obvious. The 29-year-old was told by Genesee County Health Department officials that a Feb. 4 test showed that he has the highest blood-lead levels of any adult tested in the county so far, 27 micrograms per deciliter—that is, five times the level considered toxic. Anything above 5 micrograms is considered toxic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending removal of the lead sources for anyone with such levels, the Detroit Free Press notes.
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