Tippecanoe Co. expects an increase in lead poisoning cases Department of Health

LAFAYETTE, Indiana – When a Indiana law goes into effect this summer, a new position in the Tippecanoe County Health Department will address a potential 400 percent increase in lead poisoning cases.

Earlier this year, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1313, which comes into force on July 1, to bring children’s blood lead levels closer to state standards in line with American Academy of Pediatrics standards, and health care providers would have to undergo a provisional examination. A child under the age of 6 for lead.

In preparation, the Tippecanoe County Health Department asked county commissioners to approve a state-funded position in the Tippecanoe County Health Department – the community health case manager.

The position will be responsible for managing the Department’s case on lead, fetal infant mortality and infectious diseases.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that if a child is found to have a blood lead concentration greater than 5 micrograms (μg / dL) per deciliter, pediatricians and primary care providers should work with their federal, state, and local governments. the environmental inspection is carried out in the children’s housing units.

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