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Adult blood lead epidemiology and surveillance - United States, second quarter, 1995.
Lofgren JP; Fowler C; Payne S; Jung BC; Lehnherr M; Gergely R; Carvette B; Keyvan-Larijani E; Rabin R; Scoblic M; Thistle-Elliott L; Gerwel B; Stone R; Randolph S; Rhoades E; Sandoval A; Gostin J; Marino R; Perrotta D; Beaudoin D; Toof L; Kaufman J; Ingram-Stewart V
MMWR 1995 Oct; 44(42):801-803
Data from the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance program of the Centers for Disease Control NIOSH study for the second quarter of 1995 were presented. During April through June of 1995 there were 5,870 reports of blood lead levels exceeding 25 micrograms/deciliter (microg/dl), representing a 7% decrease from the same quarter in 1994. Compared with the third quarter of 1994, the number of reports for the same period in 1995 decreased 4% at the 25 to 39microg/dl level, 17% at the 40 to 49microg/dl level and 21% at the 50 to 59microg/dl level. They increased 4% at the 60microg/dl level. Cumulative reports increased for blood lead levels of 25 to 39microg/dl but decreased for all higher levels. The trend of increasing reports at the lower reporting levels and decreasing reports at the higher levels is consistent with data for 1994. An editorial note suggests that the variation in national quarterly reporting totals may result from changes in the number of participating states, timing of receipt of laboratory blood lead level reports by state based surveillance programs, and interstate differences in worker blood lead level testing by lead using industries. The findings still document the continuing hazard of work related lead exposures as an occupational health problem in the United States.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Publication; Lead-poisoning; Blood-analysis; Occupational-medicine; Biological-monitoring; Epidemiology; Risk-factors
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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