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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
CALIFORNIA: TB Test Shortage Affects Local Parents
By Chris Chan and Christina London
September 16, 2013
NBC 7 San Diego (09.13.2013)

A TB test shortage first announced in April by CDC due to a problem with the manufacturers of the solution used in the TB screening skin test is causing an inconvenience for parents who wish to volunteer in San Diego County schools. The school system requires TB tests for all who wish to volunteer in classrooms. According to Dr. Mark Shalauta of Scripps Health, the solution shortage posed no threat to the public, and alternatives to the traditional skin test existed, such as chest X-rays, blood tests, or checking other resources to see who might still have the skin test solution available. Health officials believed that TB screening was especially important in the San Diego area due to its “international exposure.” Dr. Fred Fung with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group said that San Diego’s population included many individuals who came to the area from countries with rampant TB, giving San Diego a reputation as TB-endemic.

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