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Lead Poisoning    

Lead is a chemical element that has been used in paint, gas for cars, weights, pottery and many other things and can be very harmful to humans who swallow or breathe in the lead, which is often in the form of dust.

Effects of Lead Poisoning

Children from 6 months to 6 years, are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning and can get very sick from lead poisoning. A child who swallows or breathes in lead may suffer damage to his or her brain, nerves, blood, and other parts of the body. This could result in the following:

  • Behavior problems
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • A lowered IQ
  • Mental retardation
  • Possibly death

Resources

Visit/contact the following sources for more information:

Local Agencies

Orange County Health Department

State Agencies

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)

Federal Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information on Research, Screening, & Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips

Environmental Protection Agency

Serves as the National Lead Information Center

National Safety Council

Information on Preventing Unintentional Injuries and Death

Office of Lead Hazard Control - A HUD site with information on lead hazards in housing

Other Agencies

American Association of Pediatrics