A Wisconsin Council on Children and Families released an analysis of the rate of lead poisoning among children in Wisconsin. This analysis showed that the rate of lead poisoning among children in Wisconsin is nearly equal to Flint, Michigan.
In response to numerous reports of high levels of lead in Milwaukee’s drinking water, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., sent letters to the acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the field office director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking information on how the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is being managed.
“As you know, the 2014 crisis in Flint, Michigan, brought national attention to the issue of lead in drinking water, as well as the devastating health consequences on young children,” Moore wrote.
“A couple years later, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families released their analysis of the rate of lead poisoning among children in Wisconsin. This analysis showed that the rate of lead poisoning among children in Wisconsin is nearly equal to Flint, Michigan."
She continued,"In Wisconsin, 4.6 percent of children under the age of 6 who were tested had lead poisoning; Flint, Michigan’s rate was 4.9 percent. The analysis further found that a disproportionate number of African-American children had lead poisoning.”
Moore's letters also reference reports the city of Milwaukee Health Department failed to provide notification to thousands of families whose children tested positive for elevated blood lead levels.
She wrote, “I am concerned about my constituents, especially the children who may not have received appropriate care."
Moore urged the officials to investigate and ensure compliance with the guidelines for lead poisoning as established by the federal Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.