Health Professionals Urge Maryland's Legislature to Strengthen Responses to Lead Exposures in Children
We, the undersigned public health professionals, healthcare providers, and researchers, ask for your support to amend Maryland legislation to lower Maryland's definition of "elevated blood lead level" (EBLL) to make it consistent with the policies and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This change would lower the level at which the state must conduct an environmental investigation into the causes of a child's lead poisoning from 10 mcg/dL to 5mcg/dL.
Because no lead level has been shown to be safe in children, CDC has changed its approach from having a lead "level of concern" to using a reference level of 5 mcg/dL to identify children with blood lead levels that are much higher than most children's levels and who require case management. The AAP also urges state governments to provide resources for environmental case evaluations and case management of children who have blood lead concentrations of greater than or equal to 5 mcg/dL.
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