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Childhood lead poisoning
  • Published Date:
    May 2005
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services.
  • Description:
    What is the problem? -- How are children exposed to lead? -- Who is at risk? -- Can lead poisoning be prevented? -- What can parents and the public do to reduce blood lead levels? -- CDCs role in preventing lead poisoning.

    Approximately 310,000 U.S. children aged 1–5 years have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, a level at which harmful health effects are known to occur.

    Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death.

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