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Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet thousands of children are lead poisoned each year across the United States. This includes Marion County. Marion County is listed among the many high-risk zip codes.
Marion Public Health is committed to reducing the number of children with elevated blood lead levels. With the help of ODH and its statewide partners, lead poisoning awareness education, blood lead testing surveillance, monitoring of the licensed professional industry, direct services to affected families, and administration of lead hazard control funding to control lead hazards in homes are provided to Marion residents.
While the prevalence of confirmed elevated blood lead levels among tested Ohio children has declined significantly during the past 20 years, much work remains to be done in Marion to eliminate lead hazards and continue to reduce the number of children lead poisoned each year.