Analysis of Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Data
Statewide surveillance of childhood lead poisoning in
Wisconsin has been conducted since 1991. Lead poisoning in children is
defined in Wisconsin Statute Chapter
as a level of lead in the blood of 10 or more micrograms per 100 milliliters of
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- In Wisconsin, how many children have been lead poisoned over the last ten years?
The number of
children identified with lead poisoning in Wisconsin has declined
each year from 2004 to 2010.
of children tested for lead poisoning remained static from
2004 to 2006 at about 80,000 children per year and then increased in 2007 through
2011 to more than 100,000 children.
Due to the wealth of research showing significant learning and
behavioral effects of lead on children at levels below 10mcg/dL, in May
2012, CDC lowered the level of concern to the reference value of 5mcg/dL
for precautionary action. In 2011, compared with just over 1,300
children at the level of 10mcg/dL, Wisconsin had more than 8,000
children with unsafe levels of lead (5mcg/dL or greater).
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- Which Wisconsin children are most at risk for lead poisoning?
- Wisconsin Health Care Providers: Are they testing the right children?
Annually, the Medicaid Provider
Blood Lead Testing Report is sent to Wisconsin health care
providers who provide medical care to children enrolled in the Medicaid program. The
individualized report summarizes the provider's blood lead testing data
for children under age 6.
Providers Blood Lead Testing Performance Data (PDF, 495 KB)
. Data was presented at the
Wisconsin Implementation and Oversight Committee to Eliminate Lead Poisoning,
on September 19, 2010, on health care provider blood lead testing performance,
lead hazard reduction activity and factors affecting the decrease in children's
blood lead levels.
the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, state and local
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional support agencies, Badgercare+
and managed care organizations teamed up to launch a program
integrating rapid blood lead testing in Wisconsin WIC clinics. In the first
10 months of the program, testing rates at Milwaukee region WIC clinics
41% and the number of children identified as lead poisoned increased by over
300% over the previous year. In April 2012, the Medicaid Health Plans of
America Center for Best Practices honored the Wisconsin partnership program
with the 2012 Children's Health
Award (Exit DHS).
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