News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.
Eliminating lead in paint, gasoline, and children's toys has drastically reduced the number of children with dangerous blood lead levels since the late 1970s. But a new study shows that 2.6% of US children aged 1 to 5 years still have excess lead in their blood.
Using data from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, investigators calculated how many children in the United States have blood lead levels of 5 μg/dL or higher, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention set as a “level of concern” for intellectual and behavioral deficits linked with lead exposure.
Many Children Still Have High Blood Lead Levels. JAMA. 2013;309(19):1987. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4953