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Lead Health Information

What is lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body. It can get into the body when you breathe or swallow dust that contains lead. Lead affects almost every body system; even small amounts of lead can be harmful.

Who can get lead poisoning?

Children are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning. However, people of any age, race or economic level can get lead poisoning. Children’s small bodies absorb more lead than adult bodies do and the lead harms them more because their bodies are still growing. Children also are more likely to absorb lead dust because they place hands and other objects in their mouths.