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Persistent Poison: The Lead Data Gap

By Angela Johnston & Marissa Ortega-Welch, KALW/Crosscurrents

The numbers show the lead poisoning problem in the Bay Area is bad but is what we know just the tip of the iceberg?

Lead-poisoned kids make their way into the public health system if their doctors order blood tests.

These blood tests typically happen when kids are pretty scared of needles, around their first and second birthdays. Those are the most likely ages for exposure, when kids are crawling around on the floor, putting their hands in their mouths. If kids get lead poisoning at this young age, it’s dangerous for their future. Their brains aren’t fully developed yet.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.