Posted: Apr 17, 2013 11:41 AM by Meredith Albair
Updated: Apr 17, 2013 4:40 PM
COLUMBIA - Local health officials said Wednesday a nationwide shortage of the product used for tuberculosis (TB) skin testing means an expensive alternative for Columbia residents. Columbia Public Health and Human Services is currently unable to offer the standard TB skin test until the shortage ends.
"We have adequate supply for high risk people. It's just the people who have to have it every year or every two years that we wanted to put the word out that they might have to wait a month or six weeks."
The TB skin test is typically administered for routine annual pre-employment screenings and pre-enrollment screenings for schools, colleges or training programs.
Despite the shortage, the Columbia Department of Health and Human Services is offering a TB blood test for a increased price. The TB skin test costs $15, while the TB blood test costs $70. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Health and Human Services building.