Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Childhood lead poisoning, one of the most serious pediatric illnesses, is caused by deteriorated lead-based paint in older homes. This illness is asymptomatic. The only way to know if a child is lead poisoned is by a blood test. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program offers screening of children ages one to six years for elevated blood lead levels, with limited door-to-door screening in targeted neighborhoods; and environmental assessment of dwellings where children identified with lead poisoning reside. In FY2011 the Health Department screened 5,250 children for lead poisoning.
For more information, please contact the Iowa Department of Public Health.