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Lead Exposure - Children Under Age 6 Tested for Lead Exposure

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Percentage of Children Under Age 6 Tested for Lead Exposure by County, New Mexico, 2019

Why Is This Important?

Lead exposure in children can cause behavioral and learning problems, hearing loss, and at very high levels, seizures, coma, and death. Adults with elevated lead levels are most often caused by occupational exposure. High lead levels can cause high blood pressure, reproductive problems, kidney damage, hearing loss, and neurological problems.


The number and percentage of children under age 6 tested for blood lead levels

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.
  • New Mexico Department of Health

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Total number of New Mexico resident children under age 6 years tested for lead exposure in the measurement year
Denominator:Number of New Mexico resident children under age 6 years

How Are We Doing?

Overall the % of children tested before age 6 has remained relatively unchanged

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

As few states submit such data it is hard to estimate how we compare nationally

What Is Being Done?

The New Mexico Lead Poisoning Prevention Program collects blood lead level data and provides case management services to Children and Adults with elevated blood lead levels. In an effort to prevent lead poisoning and decrease elevated lead levels in exposed children, the program provides: Education, Home Visits, Lead Risk Assessment

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)

Health Program Information

NM Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/19/2021, Published on 04/18/2022
New Mexico Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau, Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite 1300, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Srikanth Paladugu, Bureau Chief,