According to state statistics, the primary source of childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse is from exposure to lead paint and dust in homes built before 1978.
Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems.
Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development.
At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.
Besides in old buildings, other sources include contaminated air, water and soil.
The funding announced will play a major role in helping to protect Syracuse children from exposure to lead and other health hazards.
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