- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Under a new state law, every Utah newborn baby is required to undergo a screening for congenital heart defects.

The Utah Department of Health says the law took effect Wednesday.

About 64 babies are diagnosed with congenital heart disease every year.

If undiagnosed, the disease can cause serious medical problems or death.

Health officials estimate that about one in every 835 babes born in Utah has a congenital heart condition.

Utah is one of 38 states that require newborns to be screened.



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