Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

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.



 


Copyright © 1999 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.



Information in this article was accurate in July 21, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.