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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week : get the facts – and get your home and child tested : media statement : for immediate release: Friday, October 23, 2020
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    3.6 Million U.S. Families at Risk of Lead Poisoning from Lead-Based Paint

    U.S. health, housing, and environmental agencies warn that some 3.6 million U.S. families risk permanent harm to their children because their homes are contaminated with lead-based paint.

    That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other public and private partners to urge Americans to learn the facts about lead poisoning and have their homes and children tested during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, from October 25-31.

    Lead poisoning remains a danger in American homes, often hiding in plain sight in lead-based paint. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. There is no safe blood lead level in children. Even low levels of lead in blood affect a child’s IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And the toxic effects of lead exposure are irreversible.

    “As we observe National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we urge people to take action,” said Patrick Breysse, PhD, CIH, Director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. “Together, we can eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a public health problem by strengthening blood lead testing, reporting, and surveillance, while linking exposed children to recommended services. CDC is committed to help address this threat and improve health outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.”

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