Iowa Announces Pilot for SCID Newborn Screening

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Wednesday, October 10, 2012 that the state is expanding its newborn screening program to include screening for SCID!

Initially, Iowa will launch SCID screening as a pilot to ensure that the screening process meets the necessary standards, all babies are receiving the screen, and that any baby receiving an abnormal result would receive appropriate interventions.

“Detection of SCID in the immediate newborn period, before the onset of the first severe infection, can save a baby’s life and improve the success of curing this otherwise life-threatening condition,” said Dr. Mary Beth Fasano, Medical Consultant for the Iowa SCID Newborn Screening Program.

You can read the state’s exciting announcement at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/IdphNews/Reader.aspx?id=066360EB-39E0-4BCA-A278-5E6B0BE97D26

To learn more about the IDF SCID Newborn Screening Campaign and how you can get involved in your own state, check out the website! http://primaryimmune.org/patients-and-families/idf-scid-initiative/idf-scid-newborn-screening-campaign