State releases provisional blood lead level data

State releases provisional blood lead level data

LANSING — As part of Michigan’s efforts to combat childhood lead poisoning across the state, provisional statewide blood lead level data for 2015 has been released.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, that data indicates that 3.4 percent of Michigan children tested in 2015 had an ‘elevated’ lead level — that’s at least fifty micrograms of lead per liter of blood. Officials say U.S. children are often exposed to lead through lead-based paint or contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings.

Click here to view the provisional report. Further information about the Michigan Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program can be found at michigan.gov/lead or mihcigan.gov/leadsafe.