Vt Health Department urges testing children for leadThe Associated Press | October 26,2013BURLINGTON — The Vermont Health Department is urging parents to make sure their children are tested for lead poisoning.
Statistics show that testing rates for 1-year-olds increased from 80 percent in 2006 to 81 percent in 2012, but they are still short of the 100 percent goal.
The Health Department says that about 300 Vermont children are found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Early detection and prevention of further exposure are critical to keeping children from suffering lifelong health effects, such as lowered IQ.
Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the main sources of lead poisoning in Vermont, which has one of the oldest housing stocks in the nation.
All homes built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint.MORE IN Vermont News
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Dutch father of microbiology Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovers the existence of one-celled organisms; in 1967, The Doors are booked to play the Ed Sullivan show; in 1858, freedom fighter Dred Scott dies on this day in St. Louis.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: No money this year for western rail project, Lola Aiken memorialized in Montpelier, Supreme Court Castleton murder suspect will remain in jail, Shaftbury man fires shots from his AK-47 into neighbor's home.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev arrives in U.S. for historic 13-day visit; in 1987, Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign nuclear reduction agreement.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City celebrates completion of its newest mural, on West Street opposite the post office, more than $2 million in federal grants will bolster Vermont's health centers, Patrick McArdle reports on pending sale of Vermont papers.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Henry Hudson sails up the Hudson River as far as present-day Albany, Leo Szilard has epiphany waiting for the light to change, 3 kids report a West Virginia close encounter in 1952.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Who will run for mayor in Rutland next year? Has Bennington overcome its fear of twerking? Documentary 'Hungry Heart' packs the Paramount, and the city's Creek Path scores another million-plus dollars.