The state Board of Health decided at Wednesday's meeting in Olympia to add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) to the list of disease checks for newborns.
A baby with the disease is at risk to a life-threatening infection. It's treated with a bone marrow transplant.
Many people were made aware of the disease by the 1976 TV movie "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble."
A doctor at Seattle Children's Hospital, Troy Torgerson, told KING-TV the screening requirement is a victory for physicians and families.
With early detection the survival rate goes up from 50 percent up to 95 percent.
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/
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