August 20, 2009

CDC: Children exposed to lead in vehicles

U.S. researchers found several children in Maine were exposed to lead dust in family vehicles and on child safety seats.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report released Thursday said the Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program identified six new cases of elevated blood-lead levels among children younger than age 6 through mandated routine screening.

These are the first known cases of lead poisoning caused by elevated lead dust associated with child safety seats, the report said.

The prevention recommendations included proper washing of work clothing and thorough vacuuming and wet cleaning of the vehicle interiors and replacement of any child safety seat that tested positive for lead dust.

Health officials said people employed in high-risk, lead-related occupations can transport lead dust home from a work site via clothing, shoes, tools or vehicles.