A Third of Children Exposed to Lead in the U.S. Likely Undiagnosed
SOURCE: Public Health Institute
PEDIATRICS STUDY REVEALS STATES WHERE MORE THAN 80% OF LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN REMAIN UNIDENTIFIED
Oakland, CA — As concerns about lead exposure peak across the U.S., a new PHI study published in Pediatrics indicates that lead reporting may be capturing just 2 out of every 3 children poisoned by lead. “Assessing Child Lead Poisoning Case Ascertainment in the US, 1999-2010,” found states where more than 80% of lead-poisoned children remain unidentified—and researchers expect that testing rates have only declined in the subsequent years. Interactive maps showing detailed findings and estimates of lead poisoning rates for local areas are available on www.cehtp.org/hiddenlead.