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The 2015 Texas Childhood Blood Lead Screening Guidelines now uses Texas maps with an overlay of zip codes by boundary.  Each boundary is color coded.  Major cities are listed to help locate an area on the map.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, the following criteria was used to determine targeted areas:
• Areas with ≥27% of housing built before 1950, and
• Areas with ≥3% of children tested for lead at ages 1 and 2 with a blood lead level ≥5 mcg/dL. 

Reporting, Laws & Administrative Code

In accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 88, the Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TX CLPPP) implements the law by maintaining a registry of blood lead results, analyzing data, and conducting lead poisoning prevention activities. 

The Texas Administrative Code (Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 37, Rule §37.334) requires the reporting of all blood lead levels, elevated and non-elevated, for children 14 years of age or younger. Physicians, laboratories, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities must report all blood lead tests to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. 

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Last updated December 18, 2017