Indiana Lead Poisoning

September 26, 2003
"Parents Warned to Screen Children for Lead Poisoning"

SOUTH BEND- St. Joseph County health officials sent out a word of caution to parents regarding lead poisoning hazards for children. While lead poisoning remains a top problem for children in the county, parents may be unfamiliar with the health risks posed by objects containing lead.

For instance, one 4-year-old boy from South Bend could have been fatally poisoned by a harmless-looking metal keychain. When tested, the keychain was found to be 90% comprised of lead. The packaging said that the key chain was made of chrome, supporting health department claims that anything metal or metal-looking may contain dangerous levels of lead, regardless of labels.

Lead poisoning can lead to health problems like liver and kidney failure, anemia, brain damage and even death. There are no visible symptoms of lead poisoning, so having children screened is crucial. County health officials are urging parents to have their children screened. Parents who contact the health department will receive a certificate for a free lead screening to present to any laboratory of the South Bend Medical Foundation.

 

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY LEAD POISONING, CONTACT AN INDIANA LEAD POISONING LAWYER!

 

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