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Blood Lead Levels as of February 3, 2004-March 14, 2004




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Department of Health

Blood Lead Levels
(Micrograms/deciliter ("ug/dl") 

As of February 3-March 14, 2004

Total number screened for blood lead levels Total number of laboratory tests
Total number within DOH target population Total number within DOH target population with lead service lines Total number within DOH target population with high lead levels Total number outside of DOH target population with high blood lead levels
2,165 1,270 447
  • 395 were children under the age of 6; 
  • 32 are women who are pregnant; and
  • 20 are women who are nursing
  • 27.1 % have lead service lines;
  • 0.4% have unknown service line material; and
  • 72.5% do not have lead service lines.
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing = 0
  • Children under the age of 6 who have elevated (10 ug/dl or higher) lead levels = 11.
    • This is 2.8%.
    • The values for the 5 children living in homes with lead service pipes are: 11,12,14,15, and 23 ug/dl.
    • The values for the 6 children living in homes without lead service pipes are: 10,10, 12,13,15, and 16 ug/ dl.
  • Of the 823 residents outside of the DOH target population screened for blood lead levels only 1 has a blood lead level above 25 ug/dl (the level of most concern for adults). This resident does not have lead service lines. The other blood lead levels of note are: 10,10,11,12,12,14,16,16 and 20 ug/ dl.

The blood lead level at which medication is offered is usually 45 ug/dl.

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