Centers For Disease Control Recommends Lowering Threshold For Harmful Blood Lead Levels

For the first time in 20 years, the United States Centers For Disease Control is considering lowering the threshold blood lead level.  The current level is 10 ug/dl and this level dictates how many health agencies address childhood lead poisoning.  A recent vote by the CDC Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning recommends lowering the level to 5 ug/dl.  Apparently, the recommendation was made as the result of mounting evidence that the harmful effects of lead poisoning with lower levels of lead.

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