Lead Poisoning of a Child Associated with Use of a Cambodian Amulet -- New York City, 2009

Mann, M.; Rublowska, M. N.; Ehrlich, J. E.; Sucosky, M. S.; Kennedy, C. M.
January 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;1/28/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p69
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The article discusses a case of lead poisoning in a 1-year-old child that was investigated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (NYC DOHMH) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in 2009. It mentions that the likely source of exposure was an amulet from Cambodia with leaded beads that was worn by the child. The child showed an elevated blood lead levels (BLL) after he had been observed mouthing the amulet. The child's BLL rapidly decreased after removing the amulet.


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