Maryland To Test All Kids Under for Lead Poisoning
In a recent announcement, Governor Larry Hogan has called for all children under the age of 2 to be tested for lead poisoning across the state.
Medical Daily reports that the decision was prompted by the CDC’s changes on the percentage of lead in children’s blood that warranted follow up to prevent harm. The CDC lowered the percentage to 5 micrograms per deciliter (5 Mcg/Dl).
While Maryland as whole is not ranked high in total lead poisoning numbers, the city of Baltimore, has a significant segment of the population that suffers from the consequence of this pernicious problem. Lead poisoning has received national attention lately due to the case of Freddie Gray and a report of investors ripping off lead settlement recipients of millions by buying settlements for pennies on the dollar.
Therefore, this move while it may inconvenience folks who are unlikely to be exposed to lead poisoning, it will certainly save many more who are at risk. The Governor should be commended about this. Certainly, it is a welcome change of topic from the time the Secretary of Housing suggested that mothers put lead in their children’s mouths so that they can receive free rent.
If you have questions about lead exposure and you or your child are under the age of 21 you can still file a claim. Call 410-849-9529 to discuss.