Lead levels and children question

Alan Stern ahstern at EOHSI.RUTGERS.EDU
Tue May 7 22:44:55 EST 1996

Are you sure you have your numbers and units correct?  If so, your doctor is
certainly correct.  26 ug/l is equivalent to 2.6 ug/dl (micrograms per
deciliter).  This is just about the current national average for children as
defined by NHANES III (Third National Health and Nutritional Evaluations
Survey) which reflects levels from around the early 90's.  It is much below
the currnet level of 10 ug/dl which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
uses to define childhood lead poisoning.  While this level probably does
reflect a small source or sources of lead exposure, it does not reflect
(based on anything we currently know) a level of exposure with health or
toxicologic significance.  

Alan Stern, Dr.P.H., D.A.B.T.
New Jersey Dept. Environmental Protection
Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry

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