Wis. Lawmakers Urge Wider Screening for Diseases in Newborns

February 11, 2015 11:52 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Lawmakers say Wisconsin infants should be tested for more deadly diseases during newborn screenings.

Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, and Rep. Todd Novak, R-Dodgeville, announced their effort Wednesday. The proposed bill, called Collin's Law, would require adding to newborn screenings a test for Krabbe disease along with five others that target the nervous system.

The disease is an inherited disorder that usually appears within a baby's first six months of life, according to Mayo Clinic. The disease often results in death by age 2. There is no cure.

Family members of children suffering from the disease spoke in support of the bill Wednesday.

Lassa and Novak say they will present the bill this week.

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