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2016 Lead Data and Program Report
2016 Lead Exposure
Surveillance Report
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No one intentionally allows a child to become lead poisoned. Yet, in 2016, an estimated 65,367 children in the state of New Hampshire between the ages of 5 and 18 years old had, at one point in time, more than 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL) of lead detected in their blood. Lead-based paint in our housing stock is the single largest contributor to elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs) in children and, in New Hampshire, over 300,000 housing units contain potential lead hazards (ACS, 2015). Lead is a neurotoxicant with well-documented and lasting adverse health effects (CDC, 2015). Primary prevention strategies that control or eliminate lead sources before children are exposed remain the preeminent public health approach to the problem of lead poisoning and are the only effective way to prevent the neurodevelopmental and behavioral abnormalities associated with lead exposure. Unfortunately, it is estimated that thousands and thousands of New Hampshire 2016 Lead Surveillance Report children have already experienced blood lead levels known to impair academic performance and affect life success.

The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP) works to address the risk of lead poisoning and other health and safety issues that stem from the home environment. As part of this mission, the HHLPPP is mandated to collect the data on blood lead levels of children and adults across the state in order to target resources towards the high risk communities and populations. This mandated collection of blood lead level data is the foundation of the program’s annual Lead Exposure Surveillance Report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

In 2016, 13,372 children (15.7%) in New Hampshire under the age of 6 years were tested for blood lead levels. Of those children tested, 60% were aged 12 to 23 months and 40% were aged 24 to 35 months. Among these children tested, 741 (4.6%) had elevated blood lead levels equal to or above (>) 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL), the reference level set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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