Monroe County Health Department works with families whose children have had evidence of exposure to lead. Lead exposure is responsible for serious health issues in children such as reduced  IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and a range of other health and behavior effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycares built before 1978, where lead-based paint has broken down. 

Lead poisoning can be prevented by getting rid of lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed. Wisconsin’s goal is eliminate this disease by working to make housing lead-safe, and by improving the detection and treatment of lead poisoning in children. Visit Lead-Safe Wisconsin to learn more.