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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1993 Jul; 42(27): 521-4.

Lead poisoning associated with use of traditional ethnic remedies--California, 1991-1992.


Exposure to lead-based paint is the leading cause of high-dose lead exposure among children in the United States. However, previous reports have documented childhood lead poisoning related to the use of traditional ethnic remedies (1-4), and such exposures may not be considered routinely. This article describes a case report of lead poisoning resulting from use of a traditional ethnic remedy and summarizes the identification of this problem as a result of lead poisoning surveillance in California from December 1991 through December 1992.

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