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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 110: Report of diseases of the eyes of infants

Section 110. If either eye of an infant becomes inflamed, swollen and red, or shows an unnatural discharge within two weeks after birth, the nurse, relative or other attendant having charge of such infant shall report in writing, within six hours thereafter, to the board of health of the town where the infant is, the fact that such inflammation, swelling and redness of the eyes or unnatural discharge exist. On receipt of such report, or of notice of the same symptoms given by a physician, or a hospital medical officer registered under section nine of chapter one hundred and twelve, as provided by the following section, the board of health shall take such immediate action as it may deem necessary, including, so far as may be possible, consultation with an oculist and the employment of a trained nurse, in order that blindness may be prevented. Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.