Preventing Lead Exposure in Young Children: A Housing-Based Approach to Primary Prevention of Lead Poisoning
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This document presents recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for a housing-based approach to primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning to accelerate progress toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 objective of reducing blood lead levels (BLLs) in children. Childhood lead exposure and its resultant clinical manifestations ranging from elevated BLLs to frank lead poisoning remain a major public health problem among young children in the United States. Lead adversely affects children’s cognitive and behavioral development, which is strongly related to their future productivity and expected earnings. Dramatic reductions in BLLs of U.S. children during 1970–1990 were attributed to population-based primary prevention policies (such as the banning of lead in gasoline) in conjunction with improved lead screening and identification of children with elevated BLLs.