New lead guidelines.
The CDC also strrongly recommends that all children between the ages of 9 months and 6 years be screened, as this group suffers the most detrimental effects of lead toxicity. "To be successful," states the agency, "a screening program ... requires not only an acceptable and cost-effective screening procedure, but also medical follow-up and means of preventing the child from future exposure to lead."
The majority of lead poisoning cases in young children are linked to the lead-based paint used in pre-World War II housing. Although it is no longer used, the agency states that "27 million households in this country remain contaminated by lead paint." Other sources of lead poisoning can be found in lead-soldered food cans and airborne lead from car exhaust (SN: 6/16/84, p. 373).
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|Date:||Feb 16, 1985|
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