Infographic: Lead poisoning persists as a significant health risk

Nearly 500,000 children in the U.S. have elevated lead levels that could cause permanent health damage, says the CDC. It’s time to step up messaging to families, landlords and schools.    

Children ages 1 through 5 are often in surroundings that contain lead.

Most adults aren’t aware of how prevalent the problem is.

The contaminant—banned in household paint in 1978—still poses a major health risk to youngsters. Some 4 million children live in dilapidated apartments and houses where paint is peeling or lead-based dust is present, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This infographic says lead can also be found in toys, kids’ jewelry and cups.

Youngsters exposed to lead can suffer from:

  • Slowed growth

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system

  • Poor hearing and speech

  • Behavioral problems

Lead poisoning can be prevented. How are you helping to spread the word?

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