Childhood Lead Poisoning

Definition of Reported Measures 

  • Blood lead 9.5 mcg/dL and over among tested children represents California children who were tested and had blood lead levels of 9.5 mcg/dL and over; expressed as a percent of the number of children tested. 
  • Blood lead 4.5- > 9.5 mcg/dL among tested children represents California children who were tested and had blood lead levels of 4.5 -> 9.5 mcg/dL; expressed as a percent of the number of children tested. 
  • Blood lead  < 4.5 mcg/dL among tested children represents California children who were tested and had blood lead levels below 4.5 mcg/dL; expressed as a percent of the number of children tested. 

How to Read Tables, Charts, and Maps 

  • Percent (%) refers to the percent of tested children with the outcome relative to the total number of children tested.
  • Number refers to the number of tested children with the outcome.
  • Number of children tested is the total number of children tested.   

Data Sources

  • Response and Surveillance System for Childhood Lead Exposures (RASSCLE II) from the State of California, Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

Methods

  • Blood lead levels reported as "< 5 µg/dL" are included in the category "BLL < 4.5"These data are subject to change as data are updated.  Children are unique per year, only their highest blood lead level (BLL) is reported.

Limitations of the data

  • These data only represent children that were screened and tested, it cannot be interpreted as the total burden of childhood lead poisoning in a county.

Suggested Citation

Tracking California, Public Health Institute. Childhood Lead Poisoning data. Accessed [Month/Day/Year] from www.trackingcalifornia.org/lead/query.


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