This report discusses the childhood blood lead level trends from the year 2000 to 2008 of children under 6 years of age living in North Dorchester tested will be compared to the data from the children of the same age group with the National data and City of Boston Massachusetts. This is a significant public health issue specifically in case of children since higher blood lead levels has been demonstrated to harm the brain, nervous system, and the kidneys. These problems do not manifest with the specific symptoms related to lead toxicity, and therefore the only way to prevent harm is to measure blood lead levels in the community.
[...] This would also be predictable that across the nation, there is a trend of increased coverage and decreasing positive blood lead levels in children of this age group in the years 2007 and 2008 through extrapolation (CDC 2009a). City of Boston Massachusetts On the contrary as evident from the State Data out of total children population of 481,406 below 72 months of age in the state of Massachusetts, the tested children were 242,915; 235,222; 234,775; 231,680; and 227,434 respectively in the years and 2006. [...]
[...] This represents gradually diminishing trends in the blood lead level positivity in the children aged below 72 months. The graph in the figure 4 also indicates that compared to previous year there is a 20% decrease in the percentage of the positive children in comparison to total population screened, meaning maintenance of a diminishing trend (THE BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION 2008). North Dorchester A 2007 data indicate that out of Boston neighborhoods, the North Dorchester in 2007 had highest number of blood lead positive cases and it is also indicated by the positivity percentage. [...]
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