Figure 6: Incidence of Blood Lead Levels of 15 - 19 mcg/dL Among Children Under Age Six Years; 1998 to 2007 Blood Lead Test Data, New York State Excluding New York City

Figure 6 shows the total number and rate of children under age six years newly identified with BLLs of 15 - 19 mcg/dL by year of testing1. In 2007, a total of 394 children were newly identified with BLLs of 15 - 19 mcg/dL, corresponding to an incidence rate of 1.9 per 1,000 children tested for blood lead in that year (0.19 percent of children tested).

Trend data show the dramatic improvement since 1998 in both the number and rate of children identified with incident BLLs of 15 - 19 mcg/dL. The total number of children newly identified with BLLs of 15 - 19 mcg/dL declined 63.2 percent between 1998 and 2007, from 1,070 children in 1998 to 394 children in 2007. The incidence rate declined 68.3 percent over the same period, from 6.0 per 1,000 children tested in 1998 to 1.9 per 1,000 children tested in 2007.

Under current NYS Public Health Law and regulations and CDC guidelines, children newly identified with BLLs of 15 - 19 mcg/dL receive risk reduction education, nutritional counseling and follow-up blood lead testing to monitor blood lead levels. The Department has proposed changes to regulations to expand requirements for additional comprehensive follow-up services, including complete medical evaluations and environmental management, to children with blood lead levels 15 - 19 mcg/dL.

Year of Test Children with blood levels 15 - 19 mcg/dL Rate per 1,000 children tested2
1998 1,070 6.0
1999 819 4.7
2000 687 3.8
2001 660 3.6
2002 576 3.2
2003 564 3.2
2004 509 2.6
2005 460 2.4
2006 448 2.2
2007 394 1.9

Footnotes

  1. This category includes confirmed blood lead level incident results ≥ 15 - < 20 mcg/dL.
  2. Incidence Rate: Total number of children under age six years identified for the first time with confirmed BLLs of 15 - 19 mcg/dL divided by the total number of children under age six that had lead tests in that given year, multiplied by 1,000.