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Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin for High School Students Presented by Wisconsin School Nurses Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC) Education Workgroup Division of Public Health Department of Health Services. 1.
Wisconsin School Nurses
Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC) Education Workgroup
Division of Public Health
Department of Health Services
What deteriorated lead paint looks like
Effects of lead poisoning on children, youth & adults
Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin
How do you know if you are lead poisoned
What should you do if you are lead poisoned
How to prevent lead poisoning
Resources for information
Exterior porches: toprails, decks and other horizontal surfaces. The annual spring project.
Normal hand-to-mouth behavior
Rapidly developing nervous
system - vulnerable to the
effects of lead
Higher rate of absorption
How much lead dust does it take to poison a child?
Ingested - mouth (most common
source of exposure for children)
Inhaled - nose (usually occupational exposure)
Lead dust is not absorbed through the skin.
How Lead Affects Children
What can happen to children, youth and adults as a result of lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning interferes with the normal development of a child’s brain and can cause
learning and behavior problems.
Speech and Language
HearingHow Lead Affects Children
Work in an occupation that uses lead
Renovate a home that was built before 1978
Have a hobby that uses lead, such as:
Reloading bullets or target shooting
Casting fishing weights
Stained glass or ceramicsHow Lead Affects Youth and Adults
Increased rates of high school dropout
Anti-social behavior (juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy)
Committing the most violent crimes as youth and adults.How Lead Affects Youth
DepressionHow Lead Affects Youth
High blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes
Premature death because of the above
Mood disorders such as anxiety, hostility or depression
Memory loss and Alzheimer’s diseaseHow Lead Affects Adults
Each red dot represents an address associated with a lead-poisoned child, 1996-2010.
More than 46,000 children.
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What can you do to prevent lead poisoning?
Treatment of the environment is the primary prevention.
FIX THE HOUSE!
1. Your Local Health Department
2. WCLPPP website: dhs.wi.gov/lead
3. WCLPPP and ABLES Phone Number: