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Presumptive positive

Between December 2006 and Aug. 31, the state tested about 582,200 specimens and came up with 12,300 presumptive positives, the department reported. Since most babies are tested twice - once within a day or two of birth, and again about a week later - the number of infants tested and those who received positives likely was about half that, according to Susan Tanksley, the department's biochemistry and genetics branch manager.

A presumptive positive can be devastating news for parents, even if it later is proved false.

 

 

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