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The toxic truth
Lead poisoning is particularly pervasive in poorer countries, affecting one in three children worldwide. The powerful neurotoxin has been linked to lower IQs and increased crime rates.

Lead poisoning is one of the most easily preventable environmental health hazards, yet it remains a major threat to the well-being of babies and children around the world.

As little as five micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood can have a profound impact on children. Those under the age of six are particularly susceptible. About 800 million children have high levels of lead in their blood, according to a study released in July by Unicef and Pure Earth.

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