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Is Your Child At Risk For Lead Poisoning?

The Ohio Department of Health Risk Assessment Questionnaire states that a child is at risk of lead poi - soning if any of the following conditions apply: 1) They live in a high-lead ZIP-code area (which includes Archbold, Wauseon, Fayette and West Unity).

2) They are covered by Medicaid-Healthy Start.

3) They live in, or regularly visit a house built before 1950 (including day-care centers, pre - school, or the home of a baby-sitter or relative).

4) They live in, or visit a house built before 1978 with recent, ongoing, or planned renovation or remodeling. 5) They have a sibling or playmate that has, or did have lead poisoning.

6) They frequently come in contact with an adult who has a hobby or job that works with lead (including construction, welding, pottery, paint - ing, and casing ammunition). It is recommended that at-risk children be tested at one and two years of age; children who have never been screened for lead poisoning should be tested between the ages of three and six. To make sure your child is not affected, contact your family physician for a screening test; families who cannot pay for the test are urged to contact the Fulton County Health Department, 419-337-0915.- information courtesy Fulton County Health Department

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