ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois is observing National Childhood Lead Poisoning Week from October 25-31.
The state joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in building awareness of the hazards of lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning occurs most often from exposure to lead-contaminated dust created by deteriorating lead-based paint.
"Given the many health and developmental problems that can occur in children exposed to lead, it is imperative that we build awareness and take the appropriate precautions," says Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Illinois's Public Health Director.
Last year, roughly 18,500 Illinois children were diagnosed with blood lead levels greater than the intervention level recommended by the CDC.