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November 2, 2012
Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took important action to lower the threshold for action for elevated blood lead levels from 10 μg/dl to 5 μg/dl, following decades of scientific research that supported the long-held understanding that there is no safe level of lead for a child. Under these new guidelines, there are 3,200 children diagnosed with lead poisoning in Maryland and more than 440,000 nationwide.
On November 8, the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission will host a public meeting to address important questions resulting from the CDC’s recent recommendations on lowering the threshold for childhood lead poisoning and focus on primary prevention.
The Commission has been asked by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide input into two questions related to the CDC’s recent recommendations that now provide a reference level of 5 micrograms/deciliter. The two questions of concern for the Department are:
How should the new CDC guidelines influence current protocols for referral and case management, particularly for children with a confirmed blood lead between 5 and 9 micrograms/deciliter (mcg/dL)? In particular, should local health departments have the same response for children with blood leads between 5-9 mcg/dL as they do for those children with blood leads of 10 mcg/dL and above?
What is the most appropriate management of children who have previously had blood lead levels between 5 – 9 mcg/dL?
The Commission invites interested members of the public and health care community to attend the meeting and present their opinions on these questions. If you would like to attend and need more information, please contact the DHMH environmental health help line toll-free at 1-866-703-3266. If you wish to submit written testimony, please provide the Commission with 20 copies.
What: Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission Public Meeting on Management of Lead in Maryland
When: November 8, 2012
9:30 a.m. – noon
Where: Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230