to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 4 million households
have children living in them that are exposed to high levels of lead with
approximately half a million children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5
micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). No safe blood lead level in children has been
identified. When you know what to look for and take action, lead poisoning is
Oakland County Health Division offers free blood lead testing for children under 6 years of age enrolled in the WIC program, regardless of insurance and/or Medicaid status.
Lead investigations involve a comprehensive team approach with the lead-burdened child. The team includes:
Evaluation of the child's environment by a nurse or sanitarian may
identify the source of lead. Education is provided to families and
health care providers to reduce the lead level in the child's blood and
maintain it at a safe level.