Public Health Data Inventory

Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance


The Nebraska Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Program (ABLES) program tracks all adult blood lead tests performed in state. The reports indicate the patient's name, gender, age, address, blood lead level, and type of test (venous, capillary). The program objective is to improve adult blood lead surveillance in order to accurately measure trends in adult blood lead levels and prevent lead over-exposures.

Type of Data

The data are program-level for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

The Nebraska ABLES Program receives blood lead reports from various clinics and laboratories on a daily basis as required by Nebraska law. These reports are entered into the Nebraska Electronic Data Surveillance System (NEDSS) database. The data have been collected monthly from 2001 to present.

Related Links and Reports

Nebraska ABLES Program Home Page

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Office of Environmental Health Hazards and Indoor Air
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-0548

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