Illinois newborns to be tested for severe combined immunodeficiency

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI)- – The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that all babies born in Illinois hospitals will now be tested for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and other immunodeficiencies.  SCID is an inherited disorder, which causes improper development of white blood cells that are the primary defense against viruses, bacteria and fungal infections.

Illinois becomes the 18th state to test for SCID and, with the addition, now tests newborns for 40 disorders.  Later this year, the state will start testing for six lysosomal storage disorders: Fabry, Gaucher, Krabbe, MPS 1 (Hurler Syndrome), Niemann-Pick and Pompe.

More info: Illinois Department of Public Health