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KC Health limiting TB testing due to shortage of ingredient

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 11:48:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A nationwide shortage of a key ingredient used as part of tuberculosis testing has prompted the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department to scale back TB testing.

The health department said Tuesday that a shortage of tuberculin has forced the clinic to end routine TB skin test for school or employment purposes.

The limited remaining supply will be used in testing of those with contact to someone suspected of TB, newly-arrived refugees and immigrants and others with risk factors.

The shortage could last through early 2020 according to the Centers for Disease Control.

More information on the shortage and options for testing is available on the heath department’s web page.