Lead Poisoning

Child lead poisoning cases in Maryland drop to lowest levels on record

Child lead poisoning cases in Maryland drop to lowest levels on record

Childhood lead poisoning in Maryland decreased last year to the lowest level since 1994, when the state began tracking cases, but health advocates said that more work needs to be done to prevent the serious and sometimes debilitating condition.

Fewer than 0.3 percent of the state’s children tested in 2016 had an elevated blood lead level that was 10 micrograms per deciliter or higher, the amount considered dangerous under state law, according to a report released Wednesday by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The number of such child lead poisoning cases has dropped more than 98 percent since 1993, plummeting to 355 in 2016 from 14,546.

The improvements come as...

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