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As we celebrate the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 19-25, 2008), the Division of Public Health wishes to remind the medical community of Delaware’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act that requires:
A recent study of 1-6 year olds residing in zip code areas with the highest risk of lead poisoning in Delaware revealed an 84% testing rate.
A child in a household where a member is exposed to lead risk factors through a hobby and/or an occupation, such as soldering, staining glass, jewelry making, pottery glazing, making miniature lead figures, shooting at firing ranges, painting, and renovation would benefit from annual blood lead testing until that child reaches the age of six.
Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease of young children, yet an estimated 310,000 U.S. children have elevated blood lead levels. A simple blood test can prevent a lifetime ruined by the irreversible cognitive damage caused by lead poisoning. Delaware’s prevalence rate for childhood lead poisoning in 2007 was 0.5% (compared to a national average of 2.2%). High risk zip code areas include 19801, 19802, 19804, 19805, 19806, 19809 - all located in New Castle County.
Delaware’s Office of Lead Poisoning Prevention reminds families that they could reduce the risk of lead poisoning if they followed these safety precautions:
For more information, please visit the Office of Lead Poisoning Prevention at http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/hsp/lead.html