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Parents In Wisconsin Can Now Test Their Children For Lead Exposure Using Saliva
Date:6/15/2009

ghest in September, suggesting that lead may be more prevalent in Wisconsin children’s environments during the summer months.

In addition, these levels were most pronounced among infants less than 10 weeks old who lived in both the most and least densely populated areas of the state.

Although lead-based paint inside the home is the single greatest source of lead in a child’s environment, lead-containing dust from outside the home also appears to play a significant role, most likely when parents open windows and take the child outside to play.

“A short-lived but intense event could lead to significant transport of [lead-containing particulates into the interior of building, especially if the doors and windows were open or in use at the time,” the researchers said.

Some possible exterior sources of lead include lead-based paint on the outside of children’s homes and other homes in their neighbourhoods, the soil of these homes’ yards, residual contamination from leaded fuels and windblown dust from distant sources. The study’s authors recommend that these potential lead sources be studied further.

The authors also recommend that health care professionals consider retesting children whose blood lead levels approach the lead-poisoning threshold during an off-peak period month such as March or April. They recommend that these children be tested again during the summer since they may be at greater risk for lead poisoning then.

High Risk Areas for Lead Poisoning by County Level, Wisconsin 2006

 
  • Milwaukee County:#Children Tested 26,343, Total Confirmed Lead Poisoning Case 1091

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