Chart of Elevated Blood Lead Levels In USA Children
According to the CDC, more than half a million children ages 1 to 5 in the U.S. have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health, mostly from exposure to chips and dust of lead paint.
Globally, it is estimated that in 2017, lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths and 24.4 million years of healthy life lost worldwide due to long-term effects on health. The highest burden was in low- and middle-income countries. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Adverse health effects from lead include: behavior disorders, anemia, mental retardation, and permanent nerve damage. Effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.
World Health Organization, www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/lead-poisoning-and-health
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