Beginning Jan. 2020, incoming students from countries identified by the World Health Organization as high-risk for tuberculosis exposure will be required to have testing done at WMU’s health center. Sindecuse Health Center only offers the highly-reliable Quantiferon Gold test for M. tuberculosis exposure. A worksheet is used to determine risk level, and includes a list of affected countries:
International students will be asked to review this worksheet before they arrive at Orientation. Health center staff will attend International Orientation to set up appointments for students required to complete testing.
Students may wish to use insurance to pay for testing and treatment if they are covered, but many international insurance plans don’t cover testing or treatment. Some plans consider TB infection a pre-existing condition that was contracted before a student arrives in the U.S.
Cost of Testing and Assessment
QFG Testing — $92.50 includes nursing visit, blood draw (venipuncture) and lab test.
If QFG test result is positive, you'll be scheduled for a physician visit and chest x-ray — $114.75.
Payment will be collected at time of visit. Insurance will be billed on behalf of the student if the insurance plan is in-network with the health center. If insurance pays for the service, a refund will be credited to the student's account.
If the insurance plan is not in-network, students will be provided with a receipt to submit to the insurance company for reimbursement.
If you have TB infection
Most people diagnosed with TB infection have inactive, latent TB, which cannot be transmitted and does not cause symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics is recommended in order to prevent active TB. Students can attend school normally. Active TB can be transmitted and is very serious, possibly causing permanent damage and even death. It is curable with appropriate medicine, and treatment with antibiotics is required. Students will not be allowed to attend school until you have a release from your medical provider.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site to learn more.