Our team from Environmental Health was in the Dewey-Humboldt area at their elementary school gym providing free blood lead tests for area kids. There’s been some community concerns about possible lead poisoning in children because of the nearby Iron King Mine and a smelter that once operated in the area.
Lead poisoning in AZ (we have about 300 cases per year) tends to be in certain Zip Codes where the houses were built when lead based paint was still being used. Here’s our latest surveillance report with the information. Our Targeted Childhood Lead Poisoning Screening Plan provides a listing of Arizona’s high-risk ZIP Codes to help physicians decide which kids to test. We’re working on an update to the targeted screening plan- which should be available later this year.