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PHY4.A Lead in the blood of children: Percentage of children ages 1–5 with blood lead levels at or above 5 g/dL , 1988–1994, 1999–2002, 2003–2006, and 2009–2012

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Blood lead level 1988–1994 1999–2002 2003–2006 2009–2012
> 5 µg/dL 25.6 8.7 4.1 2.1
NOTE: The reference level of 5 g/dL was the 97.5th percentile of blood lead levels for children ages 1–5 in 2005–2008. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently uses this reference level to identify children with elevated blood lead levels.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.