Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated.
A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC, is committed to eliminating this burden to public health.
October 20 – 26th is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. During this time the CDC will strive to:
- Raise awareness about lead poisoning;
- Stress the importance of screening the highest risk children younger than 6 years of age (preferably by ages 1 and 2) if they have not been tested yet;
- Highlight partners’ efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and
- Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure.
For more information on how you can prevent lead poisoning in your home and community visit the Lead Paint Resources page at Occupational Knowledge International.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2013: What Can You Do To Prevent Lead Paint Exposure? (medicaldaily.com)
- Raising Awareness of Lead Poisoning (voanews.com)