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CDC changes lead danger level

May 22, 2012
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COLUMBIA, MD — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the acceptance of its advisory committee''s recommendation to redefine the level at which children are considered to have too much lead in their blood and to focus the nation''s attention on preventing lead exposure, according to a press release.

CDC''s "level of concern," unchanged since 1991, is a blood lead level of 10 micrograms per deciliter; the new reference value, which is based on population blood lead levels, would focus action on those children with the highest blood lead levels (i.e. those above the 97.5th percentile), the release stated.

According to the release, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) expressed their support for the decision, stating that the policy change is supported by overwhelming evidence and that more resources are needed to fully implement the decision.

"Despite the near elimination of CDC funding for lead poisoning, this is the right policy for the nation''s children. Parents will now have the information they need to protect their families from lead," said Rebecca Morley, executive director of NCHH.

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