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TB Test Dropped From List


Cincinnati Post Online (07/20/99)

In Ohio, Hamilton County children will no longer be tested for tuberculosis when they enter kindergarten in the fall. Officials say the low prevalence of TB in the region--only 25 to 30 cases of active TB each year for the past five years-- was a key element in the decision to drop the test. TB testing in areas with a low prevalence of the disease can result in false positives, according to Dr. Mary Allen Staat, of Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends the test as standard procedure. New school employees and children new to the United States will still receive TB skin tests in Hamilton County.


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