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Lead exposure from surprising new source

Inside the house, lead exposure can came from dust and paint chips from surfaces painted before 1978. Toys can get dead dust on them, as well as young children’s hands as they crawl on floors, and ingested when they put things in their mouths.

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Lily Aikings,  Director of the Barton County Health Department, is concerned some of the county’s children may be at increased risk for lead poisoning.  Surprisingly, the risk factor may come from an unlikely source--their parents.  

“Oilfield workers are another high-risk occupation,” she said.  “Fitting pipes with the lead “dope” contaminates the worker’s clothing and work boots, and if they discard their work clothes in the home where children are, we are finding higher blood lead levels in those children.”

All children that take part in the county’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and all who receive ...

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