Lead Poisoning Down Among City Kids

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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Lead poisoning is declining among city children as landlords renovate apartments, builders add new housing units and health officials boost education and enforcement actions, experts say.

The number of children under age six who tested positive for lead contamination fell last year from 1,429 to 1,183 cases, a 17 percent drop, according to the city’s health department.

"Even low levels of lead can cause problems in children, and most of those problems are around learning and behavior issues," said Nancy Clark, assistant commissioner for environmental disease prevention for the city’s Health Department. "So, our goal is to eliminate lead exposure and keep levels as low as possible.”

Hotspots for lead poisoning are Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy and Bushwick in Brooklyn.


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