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Number of children diagnosed with elevated lead levels in blood

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Story Behind the Curve

In November of 2014, the State of Ohio adopted 5 μg/dL as the new threshold for elevated blood lead levels in children. This is in line with the CDC reference value and scientific literature, which have established that children are subject to adverse effects of lead poisoning at blood lead levels (BLLs) much lower than the previous reference value of 10 μg/dL. 

Childhood lead exposure and its resultant clinical manifestations ranging from elevated BLLs to lead poisoning remain a major public health problem among young children in the United States. Lead adversely affects children’s cognitive and behavioral development, which is strongly related to their future productivity and expected earnings. Dramatic reductions in BLLs of U.S. children during 1970–1990 were attributed to population-based primary prevention policies (such as the banning of lead in gasoline) in conjunction with improved lead screening and identification of children with elevated BLLs.

What Works

Identifying and remediating lead in homes.

Increased screening for elevated blood lead levels in children.

Lead-safe housing directory - Ohio Housing Locator

Strategy
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