The Vilas County Lead Program promotes and provides blood lead screening of children six months to six years of age. We help identify primary sources of lead exposure in the environment and provide education on reducing lead exposure.
Primary sources of lead in our community include:
- • Deteriorating lead paint
- • Lead contaminated soil
- • Lead in imported toys/materials
When exposed to lead, children do not show obvious signs of illness unless the amount of lead in their body becomes very high. However, even low levels of lead may cause delays in mental and physical development which will affect the child's future. A public health nurse will provide in-depth follow-up service for any child that is found to have an elevated level.
Please call 715-479-3656 to speak to a public health nurse about reducing lead
hazards in your home or to have your child tested for lead.
For more information on Lead Poisoning, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.