Indicator Profile of Children under 3 Years of Age with a Confirmed Elevated Blood Lead Level
Why Is This Important?Lead is a heavy metal that has been widely used in industrial processes and consumer products. When absorbed into the human body, lead can have damaging effects on the brain and nervous system, kidneys, and blood cells. Lead exposure is particularly hazardous for pre-school children because their brains and nervous systems are still rapidly developing. Serious potential effects of lead exposure on the nervous system include: learning disabilities, hyperactivity, hearing loss, and mental retardation.
The primary method for lead to enter the body is through eating or breathing lead-containing substances. Major sources of lead exposure to children are: peeling or deteriorated leaded paint; lead-contaminated dust created by renovation or removal of lead-containing paint; and lead contamination brought home by adults who work in an occupation that involves lead, or who engage in a hobby where lead is used.
Percent of Tested Children under 3 Years of Age with Confirmed Blood Lead >=10 ug/dL, Children Born in 2008 by County
Data NotesOny children who could be assigned to a county are included in blood lead counts and rates by county.
Data SourcesNew Jersey Department of Health, Family Health Services, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program;
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DefinitionPercent of New Jersey children under 3 years of age with confirmed elevated blood lead levels
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 05/21/12, Published on 07/10/12