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Supply shortage brings halt to testing for TB

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln County Health Department announced Tuesday that it will be unable to provide routine tuberculin skin testing until further notice, following a manufacturer’s shortage of Tubersol.

The North Carolina Tuberculosis Program is recommending that all local health departments prioritize the testing to include only those people who are, according to state guidelines, considered the highest public health risk, a press release noted. The program is also advising that health departments defer routine testing until the shortage is resolved, which officials expect could be several months.

For those who can’t defer testing, the Lincoln County Health Department will offer an alternative blood test.

This test is considerably more expensive than skin testing, but it is appropriate for screening purposes, said the release. For availability, pricing and clinic times, call (704) 735-3001.

The public will be notified when skin testing can resume.

 

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