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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES CDC GRANT TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING

 MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES CDC GRANT
 TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING
 LANSING, Mich., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- State Public Health Director Vernice Davis Anthony today announced that the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH) was recently awarded a "Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention" grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
 The five-year, $415,000-per-year grant has been awarded to assist the Bureau of Child and Family Services in identifying and tracking children with elevated blood lead levels. The grant will be used to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce the number of lead poisoning cases in Michigan.
 "We need to develop a more comprehensive approach to the lead poisoning problem in Michigan," said Anthony. "This grant will allow Michigan to build upon existing services and will assist us in our efforts to reduce blood lead levels in many of Michigan's children who are at risk of lead poisoning."
 Lead poisoning is one of the most preventable pediatric health problems in the state. The primary source of contamination is lead- based paint. Children are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and are at greater risk of developing brain damage due to lead poisoning.
 Lead-based paint was banned in Michigan in 1978; however, children in older homes may still come in contact with this potentially dangerous substance. The number of suspected lead poisoning cases in Michigan has declined rapidly since the ban took effect.
 For additional information, contact Paulette Dunbar at 517-335-8903.
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 /CONTACT: Rochelle Black of the Michigan Department of Public Health, 517-335-8023/ CO: Michigan Department of Public Health ST: Michigan IN: HEA SU:


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