Maine CDC Health Advisory
January 16, 2020
Lead Poisonings Requiring Medical Chelation Treatment
Between July and December 2019, four children ages 12 to 24 months were identified with blood lead levels ranging from 45 to 57 mcg/dL. Blood lead levels of 45 mcg/dL or higher are typically treated with medical chelation therapy to reduce blood lead levels. These are the first chelation cases identified in Maine since 2016. The children resided in Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York counties.