What are the health effects from lead exposure?

Lead exposure could cause a variety of health effects depending on the amount of lead and the length of time and age of the person exposed to lead. Young children are more susceptible to toxic effects of lead, which can cause behavioral issues, learning disability, abdominal pain and growth retardation.

Lead poisoning occurs when lead enters the bloodstream and builds up to toxic levels. Many different factors such as the source of exposure, length of exposure, and underlying susceptibility (e.g., child’s age, nutritional status, and genetics) affect how the body handles foreign substances.

The Macomb County Health Department recommends you get your child tested for lead. A simple blood test can detect lead. Consult with your healthcare provider for advice on blood lead testing.

 Source:  Macomb County Health Department

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1. What does this “Action Level” exceedance and advisory mean?
2. How does lead get into drinking water?
3. How can I protect myself from lead in water?
4. Is there a simple way to see if I have lead service line in my home?
5. What are the health effects from lead exposure?
6. What is the City doing about this issue?
7. How do I get a drinking water filter?
8. Where can I get my water tested?
9. What educational resources are available?
10. Where can I get information to better understand drinking water filters?
11. Can you explain how to use a faucet filter that is certified to reduce lead in drinking water?
12. I've heard my drinking water faucet has an aerator. What is it?
13. Can my home be part of the community-wide sampling plan?
14. Who do I contact for more information about lead in drinking water?
15. Who can I call to report a water or sewer emergency after the DPW is closed?
16. How does a water main break affect my water?
17. What should I do if water is coming up from the floor drains in my basement?
18. Who is responsible for the water service line and sewer service line to my house?