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Lead Poisoning

Environmental Health

Lead poisoning is a reportable disease in the State of Florida.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention conducts investigations of environmental exposure in cases where lead poisoning has been documented.  This program also provides community education to home owners, home buyers, renters, property owners and managers, building trades, code enforcers, and realtors about environmental hazards that may be present in homes, particularly those built prior to 1978.

Harmful effects of lead-poisioning in children:
Damage to the brain and nervous system Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity Slowed growth
Hearing problems Headaches In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead:
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Death
 
Early signs of lead poisoning:
 
  • Persistent tiredness or hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced attention span
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Constipation

 

For more information about this program:

Call  (813) 307-8071
Fax  (813) 307-8094