VIDEO: Rodriguez Bill Would Postpone Required TB Testing for 90 Days

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Guam – Senator Dennis Rodriguez has introduced a bill that would postpone required TB testing at Guam DOE schools for 90 days.

Bill #164  recognizes the national shortage of TB testing kits and proposes to temporarily suspend tuberculosis testing until such time as the testing resources become available again. 

Rodriguez told PNC News that if the screening is lifted, the government would have to be diligent to make sure the public is aware of the signs of TB, in order to catch it early. 

A hearing on his bill will be held next Tuesday, August 13.

READ Bill #164 HERE 

The senator held a roundtable discussion on TB skin testing Monday following news that Public Health has a limited supply of the test kits due to a national shortage.

At that roundtable DOE Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay expressed concern about suspending the screening while public health officials noted the importance of saving a small supply for those who come in contact with persons diagnosed with TB.

Cases of TB were reported at Simon Sanchez High School and John F Kennedy High School last school year, even though the skin test requirement was in place.