Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Staff
Elizabeth Fridley, RN, Child Health Nurse Telephone: 919-545-8388
Nellie Benitez, Lead Outreach Worker
Carl Kivett, REHS, Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor
Lisa Morgan, REHS, Lead Inspector Telephone: 919-545-8309
The Chatham County Public Health Department is dedicated to increasing lead testing of children under six and eliminating lead risks in the county. Studies show that elevated levels of lead greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter in the bloodstream adversely affect a child’s development and behavior.
Affected children may show lower intelligence, antisocial behavior beginning around or before adolescence, and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia later in life. All children should be tested for lead poisoning at one and two years using a simple blood test. Your pediatrician or nurse practitioner can perform the test using a small blood sample taken from a finger. If that first test is elevated, a more accurate test is done using a blood sample from the arm.
Lead can cause complications for women and their fetuses during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, premature birth, low birth weight, and although rare, lead can cause your pregnancy to end in a miscarriage or a still birth.
Paint peeling from wall
Your home may be at a hazard for lead exposure if:
- Home was built before 1978 when lead was used in paint
- Residents are exposed to lead in the workplace
- Home includes vinyl mini-blinds manufactured before 1997
- Children may be exposed to lead from contact with toys and car keys