North Carolina’s Scotland County Health Department has stopped routine tuberculin skin tests (TSTs) until further notice because of nationwide shortages of Tubersol and Aplisol, products used in the tests. This recommendation is in line with those of CDC and the N.C. TB Control Program, which have issued recommendations to health departments, hospitals, medical providers, and other healthcare agencies to make TSTs available for individuals with the highest risks of active TB disease. The health department asked employers to defer routine tests until the tuberculin is available or use the Interferon Gamma Release Assay blood test. The health department will provide TB symptom screening upon request for those individuals whose testing is deferred. For additional information, contact Debbie Maske, RN, Scotland County Department of Public Health at (910) 277–2470, extension 4489.
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