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Childhood lead poisoning
  • Published Date:
    April 2013
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  • 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? -- CDC’s role in preventing lead poisoning.

    Approximately 500,000 U.S. children aged 1–5 years have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the reference level at which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends public health actions be initiated.

    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. No safe blood lead level has been identified.


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