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TB testing to resume across Hawaii today

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) will resume testing for tuberculin, or TB, on Monday. 

On Wednesday, July 10, the Department of Health announced that they had acquired an adequate supply of purified protein derivative (PPD) solution used for tuberculosis (TB) skin testing. 

A national shortage of PPD prompted the state to issue a 120-day temporary suspension of TB clearance requirements that are mandated in Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 164, for school personnel, students, food handlers, and workers in health care, domiciliary care, daycare, and residential care facilities.

Availability of TB test solution is returning to normal throughout Hawaii and the DOH encourages medical providers, clinics, and health care settings to resume providing the TST to their clients.

A full listing of DOH TB testing locations and hours as well as TB clearance requirements can be found on the DOH TB Control Branch website at www.hawaii.gov/health/tb. For more information on tuberculosis or TB testing, the public may call the Hawaii TB Control Branch at (808) 832-5731 or visit the DOH website.

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