Childhood Lead Poisoning

Purpose

To track the elimination of childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island

Key Information

Numbers of children younger than age 6 whose blood lead levels are above the reference level (Blood lead levels are measured in micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL)). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently defines any blood lead level greater than or equal to 5 mcg/dL as the reference level. (Prior to 2012 the CDC defined any blood lead level greater than or equal to 10 mcg/dL as the reference level.) more

Collection Period

2000 to present

Rhode Island Numbers

  • An estimated 80% of Rhode Island homes were built before 1978 and likely contain lead-based paint which is the most common source of lead exposure to children in Rhode Island.
  • Cities where the child poverty level is greater than 15% are designated as core cites. more
  • Although Rhode Island cities and towns have experienced a dramatic decline in incidence over the last ten years, cases of lead poisoning continue to concentrate in the core cities.

Note

Data are based on venous tests and confirmed capillary tests.