Lead screening among low-income children in Galveston, Texas

Felipe C. Javier, David P. McCormick, Nancy W. Alcock

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to report results of a lead- screening program for low-income children living in Galveston, Texas. We obtained blood lead by graphite furnace spectrophotometry on 1,571 children aged 6 months to 8 years. Nineteen percent of children had blood lead levels ≥10 mcg/dL. Risk factors included African-American ethnicity, young age, and residence in old housing. Follow-up was accomplished in only 50% of children with low-level toxicity. Lead screening is an important public health measure in communities with old houses. For screening to be successful, caregivers need to devote additional effort to follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
JournalClinical pediatrics
Volume38
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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