Delaware newborns to be screened for new disorder

The state will now test newborns for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) to start disease prevention as early as possible.

Delaware’s Newborn Screening Program will add SCID to the more than 37 rare health disorders babies are currently tested for in the state.  The additional test comes on the recommendation from a U.S. Health and Human Services committee.

Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says, “The mission of DPH is to promote and protect the lives of all people in Delaware.  The earlier we prevent the onset or consequences of disease, the better.”  

DPH describes SCID as a “group of disorders characterized by a deficiency of the immune system.”  The disorder affects about one in 100,000 newborns.  Treatment of those infants within the first months of life can prolong their lifespan and prevent infections.

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