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

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1993 Jul 16;42(27):521-4.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • California / epidemiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lead Poisoning / ethnology
  • Lead Poisoning / etiology*
  • Male
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Mexican Americans