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Lead poisoning, also known as plumbism is a type of heavy metal poisoning caused by the exposure
to lead metal and the excessive absorption of the metal particles into the blood circulation. Lead
poisoning can also be recognized as a major public health concern. The US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the World Health Organization stated that a blood lead level of 10 μg/dL or above
is a cause for concern.There are many undeniable evidence that associate lead at different exposure
levels with a wide range of health and social effects, including mild intellectual impairment,
hyperactivity, shortened concentration span, poor academic performance by students in early stages
of learning, aggressive behavior, and hearing impairment. Lead has an impact on major organ
systems, including the heart, liver, brain, kidneys, and the circulatory system, eventually in severe
cases may lead to coma and death. The removal of lead from the child's environment is the first line
treatment and after determining the blood lead level chelation therapy can be administered.It's up to
health professionals and decision-makers to look in depth on the serious impact of lead heavy metal
on the well being and health of children in our community.

 

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