Purpose of Reporting and Surveillance
1. To estimate the prevalence of elevated blood lead levels (BLLs) among at-risk children in West Virginia
2. To ensure appropriate and timely follow-up care of children with elevated BLLs
3. To prevent the occurrence of new cases and the worsening among existing cases by early identification of lead exposure sources and disease risk factors
4. To gather epidemiologic and environmental data on lead poisoning cases to target future public health interventions
Legal Reporting Requirements
Lead poisoning is listed as a notifiable disease in the State of West Virginia under title 64 series 42 legislative rule. Health care providers, laboratories, and other public health personnel are required to report the occurrence of notifiable diseases as defined in the rule. All BLLs must be reported to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) within seven business days following receipt of laboratory findings.
Health care providers, laboratories, and other public health personnel that conduct analysis of blood lead samples are required to report all blood lead tests.*
Providers who use a laboratory e.g., Lab Corp, to determine blood lead levels do not need to send the lead results.
To read the title 64 series 42 legislative rule, click here