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Tuberculosis Testing

Due to a nationwide shortage of tuberculin used for tuberculosis skin testing (TST), routine tuberculosis (TB) skin testing is NOT available unless you have risk factors. However, the TB blood test is an option offered at JCDHE. The duration of the shortage is unknown. JCDHE will update the status of routine TST when more information is available.

There are two tests that can be used to help detect TB infection: a skin test or a blood test. TB Testing is available on a walk-in basis at our Olathe and Mission clinics. No appointment is needed for initial testing. The results of the TB blood test are NOT affected by a past history of receiving BCG.

Before TB testing, notify your healthcare worker if you have ever had a “positive” reaction to a TB skin test or if you have been treated with TB drugs in the past.

State law requires that cases of TB be reported to the local or state health department. Disease Reportable by Kansas Law - (K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128, 65-6001 through 65-6007, K.A.R. 28-1/2, 28-1-18).

Johnson County TB Reporting Form

Kansas Tuberculosis Control Program

Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and Reading

Cost: $46 (at time of administration)

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Olathe); Mission - CLOSED
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Olathe and Mission)
  • Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Olathe, tests administered on Wednesday must be read in Olathe on Friday); Mission - CLOSED
  • Thursday (NO TESTING, READINGS ONLY) - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Olathe and Mission)
  • Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Olathe); Mission - CLOSED

TB Blood Test (T-Spot) — Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA)

Cost: $160 per test

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Olathe); Mission - CLOSED
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Olathe and Mission)
  • Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Olathe); Mission - CLOSED
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Olathe and Mission)
  • Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Olathe); Mission - CLOSED

Tuberculosis Facts

  • The only way to contract the disease is by close contact (several hours a day) with someone who has the disease. It cannot be spread by contact with someone's clothing, drinking glass, eating utensils, handshake, toilet or other surfaces.
  • TB germs can live in the body without making a person sick. This is called latent TB infection. This means the TB germs are inactive (sleeping). The inactive germs cannot be passed to anyone else.
  • TB disease causes illness when TB germs are active (multiplying in the body). These germs usually attack the lungs. They can also attack other parts of the body, such as the kidney, brain, or spine.
  • Symptoms of TB can include a cough of longer than three weeks, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, chills, fever and coughing up blood.
  • If you have been around someone who has TB disease, go to your doctor or your local health department for testing.
  • To diagnose TB disease, other tests such as chest x-ray and a sample of sputum (phlegm that is coughed up from deep in the lungs) may be needed.
  • TB Fact Sheet / La tuberculosis: Información general
  • Questions and Answers about TB
  • Latent Tuberculosis Infection: A Guide for Primary Health Care Providers