State testing newborns for rare genetic disorder

Published on Sunday, 12 January 2020 20:35
Written by the Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut’s public health laboratory has begun testing newborn babies for the genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy, complying with a new state law that took effect on Jan. 1.

The rare condition can lead to loss of nerve and muscle control, and it can ultimately be fatal

“This is a huge step forward for public health in Connecticut,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell. “The ability to screen newborns gives allows the medical community to diagnose a rare and potentially fatal genetic disorder such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy before symptoms are visible. It also gives medical providers an opportunity to recommend the best possible plan of care for families and their children.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Sunday, 12 January 2020 20:35. Updated: Sunday, 12 January 2020 20:38.