SCID added to newborn screening panel
In late September, North Carolina lawmakers gave final approval to The Baby Carlie Nugent Bill, House Bill (HB) 698, legislation championed by March of Dimes that will add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) screening to the North Carolina newborn screening panel. The bill has now been sent to the Governor for signature. Bill sponsors are Representatives Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg County), Gale Adcock (Wake County) and Donny Lambeth (Forsyth County).
SCID, most commonly known as “bubble boy disease,” is a defect in which a baby is born without an immune system. Thus causing the most common of ailments and vaccines to be life threatening as the baby’s body cannot defend itself.