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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week effort planned by state health officials

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The state Department of Public Health said it plans to recognize National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

The week, which runs from Oct. 23 through Oct. 29, is dedicated to actions that address health effects of lead exposure and an increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention.

“The Connecticut Department of Public Health Lead & Healthy Homes Program is supportive of the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week initiative," said Krista Veneziano of the DPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. "Several of our state’s local health departments are conducting activities such as educational displays and local radio station interviews.”

Veneziano  also said this year's NLPPW theme, Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future, highlights the importance of testing your child, developing an awareness of lead paint hazards in your home and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.

The World Health Organization Global Alliance sponsors an International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week each year to stop the production and sale of lead paint and to raise awareness of childhood lead poisoning around the world.

Participants include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to Connecticut health officials, lead paint was banned in the U.S. in 1978.

They said that while cases of lead poisoning in children have decreased over the past 15 years, Connecticut has homes that are among the oldest in the country.

If built before 1978, their walls may still contain lead paint hazards that have the potential to harm children.

For more information on how to prevent lead poisoning, head to the DPH's website here or call 860-509-7299.

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