Officials with the Frederick County Health Department say lead poisoning is a serious disease that can take important abilities from a child. "Behavior and attention problems, aggressive behavior problems, a lowered IQ, failure in school, and slow body growth are some of these things," said Lynn Phillips, R.N., childhood poisoning program coordinator, FCHD. "The number of children tested for lead, here in Frederick County, in 2011, was 3,241 which equals 15.7% of children between the ages of 0-6 years," continued Phillips. She added the total number of diagnosed lead cases for that year were twelve.
A recently released report by the United States Center for Disease Control, says more than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning. The increase is the result of the government last year lowering the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk.