Important Facts for Mean Blood Lead Levels among Children
DefinitionMean (average) blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years
NumeratorSum of blood lead levels in each child aged 1-5 years
DenominatorTotal number of children aged 1-5 years
Why Is This Important?Lead can disrupt the normal growth and development of a child's brain and central nervous system. Children are exposed to lead by swallowing lead dust, soil, or paint chips, breathing lead contaminated air, or eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by lead.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the mean blood lead levels in childrenU.S. Target: 1.6 ug/dL average blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years
State Target: 1.5 ug/dL average blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years