Children under age 7 with elevated levels of lead in their blood in Louisiana

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Why This Indicator Matters

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, exposure to lead is "the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in Louisiana." There is no safe level of lead for children, and elevated levels can have lifelong impacts on children.
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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: number - the number of children of children ages 6 months to six years old who received a blood test for lead and had an elevated lead level (≥5 µg/dL)

percent - the number of children of children age 6 months to six years old who received a blood test for lead and had an elevated lead level (≥5 µg/dL) per 100 children under age 7 who received a blood test for lead 

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP), by special request

Footnotes: Parish-level data does not include results for which the parish was unknown. Statewide data is therefore larger than the sum of parish-level data.

Updated December 4, 2020