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LEAD Action News Vol 2 no 3 Winter 1994.  ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
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Lead Contamination in Public Housing - A Case Study

Abstract of a speech by Jason Bawden-Smith, Santo Cannata and Mark Bek, Public Health Unit for Central and Southern Sydney, NSW

An 18 month old aboriginal child presented to a local GP with an acute viral illness. The doctor noted a pale appearance in the child and determined a history of pica behaviour. The patient was also found to be residing in an old inner city dwelling with flaking paint. Results of a full blood count and blood lead assay revealed the child had severe iron deficiency, anaemia and a blood lead level (Bpb) of 2.17 µmol/L. The patient was admitted to the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children (Sydney) soon after.

A detailed environmental lead assessment and interview with guardians revealed that the child had eaten flaking high lead-based paints from the hallway and bedroom. Soil lead levels in the child's play areas were also high. The patient was visiting relatives in public housing over the Christmas period.

This talk reports the findings of this case study and discusses the implications for public and private owners. §

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