The Delaware Division of Public Health along with several other health programs, centers and divisions will celebrate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Oct. 21-27 to increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning.
According to the CDC, nearly half a million children living in the U.S. have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health. Major sources of lead exposure to U.S. children include lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings. Children can also be exposed to lead from contaminated drinking water, take-home exposures from a workplace and the soil.
Lead poisoning can cause brain damage, hearing problems, kidney damage and even stunt growth. There are no symptoms and cannot be detected without a lead test. Two free testing and awareness events will be offered during the week.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22; A collaborative effort with the city of Wilmington and the Latin American Community Center; YMCA, Walnut St., Wilmington. For more information call (302) 576-3109.
Oct. 23-24; Telamon Corporatin's Head Start, 26351 Patriots Way Building W2, Georgetown; 195 Willis Road, Dover. For more information call (302) 934-1642; (302) 736-5933.
There will also be a seminar for pregnant women enrolled in Christian Care's Healthy Beginnings Program from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wilmington Hospital, 501 W. 14th St., Wilmington. For more information, call (302) 283-7300 or visit www.leadsafedelaware.org.