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Byline: Darrin Youker
Oct. 27--Berks County has the thirdhighest number of young children with lead poisoning in Pennsylvania, eclipsing figures in more populated areas in the state.
According to a 2006 state Department of Health report, Berks was behind only Philadelphia and Allegheny counties for children under age 7 with elevated blood-lead levels.
In Berks, 230 children had blood-lead levels greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter--the federal standard used to define lead poisoning.
In Allegheny County, 273 children were above that level. Philadelphia had 3,052 children in that category.
Other counties with more people than …