Officials with the Christian County Health Department want the public to be aware that the health department is currently unable to administer TB skin tests due to a national shortage of the TB solution Tubersol, which is injected into the skin when a person is given the test.
Officials say the shortage is expected to last until late May with other area health departments, doctor’s offices, and hospitals in the same situation.
Residents needing a skin test are asked to call the health department in June to schedule an appointment and if a patient is unable to wait until June for a TB skin test due to having symptoms or being exposed to someone with tuberculosis or if it is an immediate requirement for work or school, the only option would be to order a blood test through Express Lab to determine if they are infected with TB.
The test is covered by Medicaid or insurance and if a patient doesn’t have coverage, Express Lab charges $86 dollars and will be reduced to $60 if the bill is paid within 30 days.
For more information, contact the local health department at 887-4160.