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Adult blood lead epidemiology and surveillance - United States, second quarter, 1996.
Lofgren JP; Schaller K; Payne S; Jung BC; Lehnherr M; Gergely R; Hawkes A; Keyvan-Larijani E; Rabin R; Scoblic M; Falken M; Thistle-Elliott L; Gerwel B; Stone R; Randolph S; Migliozzi A; Rhoades E; Sandoval A; Gostin J; Marino R; Schnitzer P; Ball W; Toof L; Kaufman J; Tierney J
MMWR 1996 Oct; 45(42):919-920
Data from the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance program of the Centers for Disease Control NIOSH study for the second quarter of 1996 were reported. During April through June of 1996 there were 6,305 reports of blood lead levels exceeding 25 micrograms/deciliter, representing a 7% decrease from the same quarter in 1994. Compared with first two quarters of 1995, the number of reports of blood lead levels exceeding 25 micrograms/deciliter in 1996 decreased 9%. The cumulative number of reports in 1996 decreased at each reporting level compared with 1995 data. This overall trend of decreasing reports is consistent with the first quarter report of 1996. 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; Lead-poisoning; Blood-analysis; Biological-monitoring; Epidemiology; Risk-factors; Occupational-medicine
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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