BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

September 4, 2007
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Drs. Gary Silverman (left) and Hailu Kassa

Drs. Gary Silverman (left) and Hailu Kassa

BGSU program to help counties combat lead poisoning

The dangers of lead poisoning in aging, urban homes have been well documented, but the problem is equally severe in rural homes, say Drs. Gary Silverman and Hailu Kassa, College of Health and Human Services. A new, $228,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will enable BGSU to expand its lead-abatement efforts to counties in northwest Ohio that have not had sufficient resources to address the issue.

Silverman and Kassa will oversee the formation of a network among local health districts, beginning with Erie, Huron, Williams and Wood counties, with three other counties potentially joining later. By preparing public health officials to deal with lead prevention and poisoning recognition and intervention, the benefits of the project should endure well beyond the one-year term of the grant, said Silverman, director of BGSU’s Environmental Health Program.

Lead poisoning, which primarily results from exposure to flaking, lead-based paint, is particularly dangerous for young children. Inhaling or ingesting the lead particles can cause developmental, neurological and other acute problems. “Babies crawling across the floor in these older homes pick up dust, and then they put their fingers or their toys in their mouths. That dust is where the lead is,” explained Silverman.
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