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CDC Considers Lowering Lead Level Threshold by 30%

Posted By: Tommy Tompsett

Saying that it would make it easier for health practitioners to identify more children affected by lead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering lowering its threshold for lead levels in children by at least 30 percent from 5 micrograms per deciliter to 3.5 micrograms per deciliter.  While you may think that this would be championed by health practitioners and advocacy groups, this move by the CDC is not without its drawbacks as Rueters reports.