HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticutâ€™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
â€śThis is a huge step forward for public health in Connecticut,â€ť said Department of Public Health Commissioner RenĂ©e D. Coleman-Mitchell. â€śThe 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.â€ť