Health Department

Lead Prevention

Today, at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. According to 2012 Missouri blood lead testing data, 4,672 children under the age of six who were tested had blood lead levels between 5 and 9.9 µg/dL. 728 children under the age of six had blood lead levels equal or greater to 10 µg/dL, CDC’s previous level of concern.

For more information on lead or lead poisoning prevention, visit Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, or contact Mary Ripley at (816) 325-7191.