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Parents in Missouri Can Now Test Their Children for Lead Exposure Using Saliva
Date:6/8/2009

9% of African Americans and 16% of white children who are tested in the city have levels greater than ten micrograms per decilitre—the federal definition of “poisoned.” Nationally, 2.2% of children suffer from lead poisoning. In some African American neighborhoods in north St. Louis, 55% of the children are poisoned! Lead poisoning leads to intellectual impairment in children including decreased intelligence and increased behavior disorders.

More than 140,000 housing units in St. Louis are contaminated with lead paint, according to the health department, and the problem is worse than it was when the lead prevention programs were implemented thirty years ago. In 2000, 31 percent of the tested children under age six in St. Louis suffered from lead poisoning; the highest rates of new cases are clustered in the African-American community.

High Risk Areas for Lead Poisoning by County Level, Missouri 2006

St. Louis city: # Children Tested 12.637, Total #Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 712
St. Louis County: # Children Tested, 13453, Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 132
Jackson County: # Children Tested 10,304; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 123
Buchanan County: # Children Tested 878; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 26
St. Francois County: # Children Tested 1001; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 21
Jasper County: # Children Tested 2652; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 24
Marion County: # Children Tested 689; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 14
Saline County: # Children Tested 484; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 10

Data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Based on 2000 US Census data.

Lead exposure is particularly dangerous for children. It can result in anemia, learning disabilities, speech delays, attention deficit disorders, mental retardation, hearing loss, and different forms of renal and neurologica
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