Submitted by Norm on Mon, 01/20/2020 - 09:04
KC Lead Levels

Why Relentless Pursuit KC2020: Toxic ZIP: Data reveals where KCMO kids are at higher risk of lead poisoning: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lead poisoning could mean lifelong consequences for children who are raised in certain Kansas City, Missouri, ZIP codes. Data the 41 Action News investigators obtained from the Kansas City Health Department revealed a cluster of 10 ZIP codes where as many as one in every 10 kids tested have dangerously high levels of lead in their blood.

Every year in Kansas City, more than 300 children test positive for lead at levels of 5 micrograms per deciliter or above.

The zip codes where kids are most likely to test positive for high levels of lead

The zip codes where kids are most likely to test positive for high levels of lead are: 64123, 64128, 64109, 64124, 64127, 64125, 64110, 64130, 64126 and 64132.

The pocket of ZIP codes where children have a high risk of exposure is mostly made up of low-income families and minorities according to Amy Roberts, Program Manager for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention/Healthy Homes Program.