According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs) greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (ug/dL), and millions of children have a history of prior lead poisoning. Childhood lead poisoning is the most common environmental health problem that affects young children, yet it is entirely preventable. Blood lead levels as low as 10 µg/dL have been known to affect a child’s learning and behavior; and very high blood lead levels can cause seizures, coma, and even death.
Elevated blood lead levels impact our most vulnerable population (our children) at a time when their developing brains are most susceptible to damage.
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