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 facilitates community screening of children ages 1-6 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 2016 the Health Department screened 4,383 children for lead poisoning.
For more information, please call the Black Hawk County Health Department at 319-291-2413.
You may also contact the Iowa Department of Health at 800-972-2026 or visit their website.