Childhood Lead Exposure

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    Lead is a highly toxic metal that was commonly used in paint, gasoline, and plumbing pipes and fixtures. 94,032 (14%) Michigan children under 6 years old had a blood lead test in 2020. Of those tested, 2.4% (2,301) children had elevated blood lead levels. Please note: Blood lead testing throughout Michigan decreased starting in February 2020, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders, closures, and virtual care limited blood lead testing. The population tested in 2020 is likely different from previous years. Comparing the EBLL percentage in 2020 to other years will be difficult.

    Childhood lead data are available on the MiTracking data portal.

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