Health officials add new screening test for newborns

BY JESI MUNGUIA

Michigan joins the 31 other states to screen newborn babies for critical congenital heart disease. Currently, every Michigan newborn is screened shortly after birth for 54 different disorders through bloodspots.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, said this simple screening can save lives and give newborns a chance at a healthy start.

Angela Minicuci the spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health said, these diseases are very rare but are actually one of the most common birth defects affecting 9 out of 1,000 newborns.

“Critical congential heart disease is one of the most significant causes of infant death in the United States. That’s not a new statistic, but because it is so common nationally and because it can be so devastating. This is a huge step for Michigan to add this to our newborn screening programing,” Minicuci said.

The MDCH is always looking for new things to add to the newborn disorder screening lists.

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