"We all recognize that no lead level is good for kids, and I was glad to see the level reduce by the CDC," Barbot said. "But at same time there are significant budget challenges that we're facing. We're going to be losing CDC dollars pretty soon."


Lead guidelines tips

What families should do: Contact doctors or local health departments for possible retesting of children with levels in the 5 to 9 microgram level before, and for advice on how to reduce exposure.

How to reduce exposure: In pre-1978 homes, test for lead paint. If positive, consider replacing windows, hire an EPA-certified contractor to deal safely with any chipping or peeling paint and use a HEPA-vacuum to clean up dust.

For more, go to cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips.htm or mde.state.md.us/lead or baltimorehealth.org/lead.html or leadsafe.org

—Timothy B. Wheeler

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