post-gazette.com (Pittsburgh) (03.08.13)
Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Health Department suspended all of its routine TB screenings beginning March 11, due to a nationwide shortage of a necessary solution used in the skin test for the disease. A manufacturing issue is causing a shortage of purified protein derivative, according to health department spokesperson Guillermo Cole. Routine screenings, such as those for employment or school requirements, will resume when supplies of the TB skin test solution resume. Higher priority screenings will continue for individuals who may have come into direct contact with someone known to have TB, individuals with Type 1 diabetes, HIV-positive individuals, those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, or individuals arriving from regions with high rates of TB. For further information, please contact the Allegheny County Health Department’s TB Office at (412) 578–8162.