Pima County will start offering routine tuberculosis testings again Monday after suspending them for one month because of a national shortage of the testing solution.
Tubersol, the liquid used to conduct the tests, ran short, so Pima County stopped testing all except those who were at risk of contracting the disease, said Brad McKinney, who oversees the county Health Department's TB program.
“We’re getting enough that we’re able to start routine testing,” McKinney said. "For education, if they’re a childcare worker, if they’re a health care worker, there are different professions that require people to have a TB card before they start working with the population,” he said, adding that people in those categories had continued to be tested.
Testing is available at the main TB clinic, at East Ajo Way and South Country Club Road. If the county can ensure a stable supply of the testing solution, it will again start offering routine tuberculosis testing at four other sites.