Public Health: High lead level confirmed at Taft Highway preschool

FILE - Brilliant Minds Academy, a preschool on Taft Highway, in Bakersfield, Calif., where Kern County Public Health Services said it found high lead levels, is seen Friday, April 27, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Octavio Flores)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Lead levels well above regulatory standards have been confirmed at a preschool on Taft Highway.

Kern County Public Health Services previously announced preliminary results showed high lead levels at Brilliant Minds Academy. Tuesday, Public Health said the confirmatory results are back and also show the high lead levels.

Spokeswoman Michelle Corson also said the confirmatory results show even higher levels than they previously thought were there.

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Public Health made specific note of high levels in paint and the soil. The contaminated soil is next to the infant building and toddler play area.

The department advises parents who sent their children to the school to get them a blood test. Exposure to lead can have harmful effects on the brain, nerves, red blood cells, kidneys and reproductive systems, Public Health said.

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