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.
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Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin for High School Students
Wisconsin School Nurses
Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC) Education Workgroup
Division of Public Health
Department of Health Services
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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.
Because they have:
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?
How does lead get into the body?
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.
The toxic effects of lead on the brain can disrupt the normal development of:
Speech and Language
A youth or adult is at risk of lead exposure if they:
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 ceramics
Symptoms that can be related to lead include:
Muscle/joint aches and pains
Nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss
Fertility problems, miscarriages
The behavioral effects of teenagers exposed to lead as a child can result in:
Increased rates of high school dropout
Anti-social behavior (juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy)
Committing the most violent crimes as youth and adults.
A recent study showed that youth who have been lead poisoned may feel:
Long term effects related to lead in adults can include such things as:
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 disease
Lead poisoning in Wisconsin is a statewide problem.
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!
Materials available from WCLPPP
Materials available from WCLPPP
1. Your Local Health Department
2. WCLPPP website: dhs.wi.gov/lead
3. WCLPPP and ABLES Phone Number: