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Health Education Lead Poisoning Initiative

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), today, approximately 500,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs) greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), and millions of children have a history of prior lead poisoning.  Childhood lead poisoning is the most common environmental health problem that affects young children, yet it is entirely preventable.


From a national housing perspective, at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to lead.  Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Blood lead levels as low as 5 µg/dL have been known to affect a child’s learning and behavior; and very high blood lead levels can cause seizures, coma, and even death
Elevated blood lead levels impact our most vulnerable population (our children) at a time when their developing brains are most susceptible to damage.    
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For more information on childhood lead poisoning, call 211 for Info Line

For general information about lead poisoning, lead screening for children or testing your home for lead hazards, contact the following:

  1. Connecticut Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention & Control Program at (860) 509-8000
  2. Centers For Disease Control Lead Prevention Program
    800-CDC-INFO Line (800-232-4636)
Lead Safe Public Service Announcement Number 2
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