Lead poisoning tests encouraged for Winnebago County children

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Health Department encourages children to be tested for lead poisoning if they live in a home built before 1978.

According to the health department, there are around 100 open cases of lead poisoning each year in Winnebago County.

Children can be exposed to lead from old paint inside their homes. Winnebago County is working to solve the problem through the “Lead Safe Rockford” program.

“We are able to make homes and families safer so if a family qualifies,” Lead Program Manager Lesley Meyer said. “We can conduct a lead inspection in their home and even mitigate the lead hazards."

The program aims to prevent brain damage and learning disabilities in children that may come from lead poisoning.