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Elevated Environmental Lead Levels in a Day Care Setting

Elevated Environmental Lead Levels in a Day Care Setting Abstract In all candor, the report by Weismann et al1 regarding blood lead levels among children in day care settings in the face of elevated environmental lead levels might well have been subtitled "Much Ado About Nothing." The authors themselves hint that parental concerns, egged on by conscientious but misguided political agencies, precipitated a crisis. The sponsoring university responded as a "super-prudent landlord" and picked up the costs of testing, passing them on, of course, to their traditional avenues of support. It made no charges but encountered significant costs! To me the message is a clear one. The presence (or absence) of environmental lead contamination per se ought to no longer be the criterion for declaring a bona fide lead problem. Rather there must be evidence of a biological response, ie, elevated blood lead levels in those exposed to that environment. If the biological specimens are not elevated, concern can References 1. Weismann DN, Dusdieker LB, Cherryholmes KL, Hausler WJ, Dungy CI. Elevated environmental lead levels in a day care setting . Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med . 1995;149:878-881.Crossref 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blood lead levels—United States, 1988-1991 . MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep . 1994;43:545-548. 3. Washington State Department of Health. Environmental Lead Survey in Public and Private Schools, Preschools and Day Care Centers . Olympia, Wash: Washington State Dept of Health; 1995:1-20. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine American Medical Association

Elevated Environmental Lead Levels in a Day Care Setting

Elevated Environmental Lead Levels in a Day Care Setting

Abstract

Abstract In all candor, the report by Weismann et al1 regarding blood lead levels among children in day care settings in the face of elevated environmental lead levels might well have been subtitled "Much Ado About Nothing." The authors themselves hint that parental concerns, egged on by conscientious but misguided political agencies, precipitated a crisis. The sponsoring university responded as a "super-prudent landlord" and picked up the costs of testing, passing them...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
1072-4710
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170300110025
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Abstract

Abstract In all candor, the report by Weismann et al1 regarding blood lead levels among children in day care settings in the face of elevated environmental lead levels might well have been subtitled "Much Ado About Nothing." The authors themselves hint that parental concerns, egged on by conscientious but misguided political agencies, precipitated a crisis. The sponsoring university responded as a "super-prudent landlord" and picked up the costs of testing, passing them on, of course, to their traditional avenues of support. It made no charges but encountered significant costs! To me the message is a clear one. The presence (or absence) of environmental lead contamination per se ought to no longer be the criterion for declaring a bona fide lead problem. Rather there must be evidence of a biological response, ie, elevated blood lead levels in those exposed to that environment. If the biological specimens are not elevated, concern can References 1. Weismann DN, Dusdieker LB, Cherryholmes KL, Hausler WJ, Dungy CI. Elevated environmental lead levels in a day care setting . Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med . 1995;149:878-881.Crossref 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blood lead levels—United States, 1988-1991 . MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep . 1994;43:545-548. 3. Washington State Department of Health. Environmental Lead Survey in Public and Private Schools, Preschools and Day Care Centers . Olympia, Wash: Washington State Dept of Health; 1995:1-20.

Journal

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1996

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