Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline

Reduce blood lead levels in children aged 1 to 5 years

Baseline: 3.31 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) was the concentration level of lead in blood samples at which 97.5 percent of the population aged 1 to 5 years was at or below in 2013-16

Target: 1.18 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL)

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Projection

Summary

There’s no safe blood lead level for children. Lead can damage children’s kidneys, blood, and brains — and at high levels it can cause coma, seizures, and death. Children are most likely to be exposed to lead in older housing with lead-based paint. Strategies to keep young children from coming into contact with lead are critical for reducing their blood lead levels.