Neighborhoods where kids face the highest risk of #leadpoisoning exist all across #America.
The trouble is that exposure risk is surprisingly difficult estimate, due to a variety of state-by-state differences in reporting standards.
These are the bright red areas in the map you see below — the places that #publichealth researchers have identified as having the highest risk of #leadexposure. You can see that the vast majority cluster in #urban areas. 👉 Cities and states aren't required to report data on how many kids have lead poisoning, or to even test all children for exposure.👈 #Flints was unusually visual because of the unmistakable rust coloring the #water, but #lead normally isn't the type of #toxin you can smell, see, or taste. It's different from secondhand smoke or air pollution in that it is invisible.
A high risk score doesn't mean kids living there are certain to come into contact with lead or to even to become poisoned. But it does show that, given what we know about lead exposure, #kids in these areas are more at risk for such contact.
For interactive map of America please visit: http://www.vox.com/a/lead-exposure-risk-map)