Children Tested for Lead with Blood Lead Levels Greater than or Equal to 5 Micrograms/Deciliter

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Lead is a powerful toxin that stunts mental and physical growth for kids. The only effective way to stop lead poisoning before it starts is to remove lead from homes and the environment before children are exposed. Lead exposure in children causes lifelong health, educational and developmental impacts, in particular for children exposed at a very young age.

In 2017, pursuant to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New Jersey now uses a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL) to indicate when action must be taken. Previously, New Jersey had used a blood lead reference level of 10 μg/dL.

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