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TB Test Results For Anderson Shelter Clients Returned Negative

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Testing came after state health officials say someone at Ninety Six Primary School tested positive for the dangerous bacteria. Testing came after state health officials say someone at Ninety Six Primary School tested positive for the dangerous bacteria.
Student showing reaction to test indicating positive result for exposure. Student showing reaction to test indicating positive result for exposure.
DHEC officials said that the "damage was done" before they even heard about the first case that is thought to have started the outbreak in March. DHEC officials said that the "damage was done" before they even heard about the first case that is thought to have started the outbreak in March.

TB Test Results For Anderson Shelter Clients Returned Negative - August 23, 2013

Dozens of clients at an Anderson homeless shelter tested negative for tuberculosis after one client tested positive earlier this week.

Sixty eight tests were given, and so far all of the results that were returned have been negative.  A few tests have not been returned at this time.

The testing comes in connection with a TB outbreak that started at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County.  So far, more than 50 children have been infected with germs from the disease.

It was announced on Tuesday that an unidentified person who stayed at Haven of Rest in Anderson between July 19 and August 5 was recently diagnosed with TB.

The CEO of Haven of Rest says anyone who stayed there during that time can be tested.  Just call the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control at 864-933-9193.

Haven of Rest, located on West Whitner Street, serves the homeless and those who struggle with addiction. It serves and feeds between 80 and 100 people daily.

Students Return To Greenwood School For First Time Since TB Outbreak - August 20, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

Students are back on campus at Ninety Six Primary School for the first time since a tuberculosis outbreak in the Upstate.

Michael Barbour’s child was one of the many students who returned for the first day of 4K Tuesday, and like so many other parents at the school, Barbour’s chief concern is his child’s safety.

“After everything that they’ve said that they’ve done as far as disinfecting the school and all that, I kind of feel a little hesitant about letting her go,” he explained.

District officials have said the school is safe and free of contagious germs that infected dozens of the students. State health officials have made the same claim, though nobody was talking Tuesday.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton was there, avoiding our cameras and our questions. But that doesn’t reassure Barbour.

“That doesn’t make me feel at ease at all. I mean, that’s just a tactic,” he added.

District Superintendent Mark Peterson was also there. He sent word that he would answer no questions until later in the week after his staff chased our cameras away.

Anderson Shelter Client Tests Positive For TB Germ - August 20, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.

A person who stayed at an Anderson homeless shelter has tested positive for the tuberculosis germ, according to shelter officials.

Sid Steward, the CEO of Haven of Rest, stated in a news release Tuesday the unidentified patient stayed at the shelter between July 19 and August 5.

Stewart says all staff, current residents and volunteers have been tested and no active infection has been found.

State health officials are working to contact those who stayed at the shelter during the times when the infected patient was there.

If those individuals have any questions, concerns or wishes to be tested, they can contact the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control at 864-933-9193.

Haven of Rest, located on West Whitner Street, serves the homeless and those who struggle with addiction. It serves and feeds between 80 and 100 people daily.

This news comes as the state deals with a tuberculosis outbreak that originated at Ninety Six Primary School. So far, more than 50 children have been infected with germs from the disease.

CDC Report: TB May Have Played Role In Singer's Death - August 16, 2013

A recent report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention indicates that an Upstate patient with Tuberculosis died earlier this year.

The report states the 79-year-old singer died after performing with a Ninety Six Primary School janitor.  That janitor is at the center of the outbreak.

The family of the man tells the CDC he died in March and "that his health had markedly declined" after coming in contact with the janitor in December.

The CDC would not say conclusively that TB killed the man, but did say it played a role in his death.  The report states the man's health was steadily deteriorating since a cerebrovascular accident three years prior.

The cause of his death was listed as complications associated with respiratory distress syndrome.

A news release from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Friday stated that the individual did not die of TB.

"In fact, it wasn't even the secondary cause of death," the release read.

Records indicate the CDC report was sent to state health officials last week.

The results of a second round of TB testing recommended in the report were released Friday by DHEC.  They are as follows:

  • 391 tested
  • 318 negative results
  • 1 x-ray indicating a contagious form of TB
  • 49 results pending
  • 23 individuals who did not return for result reading

The second round of tests included hundreds of students who initially tested negative in the spring.  So far, more than 50 children school have been infected with germs from the disease.

DHEC Director Praised By Board For Handling Of TB Outbreak - August 14, 2013

South Carolina’s top health official is getting a big vote of confidence over her handling of a tuberculosis outbreak in parts of the Upstate.

This comes even as the number of students infected may be growing.

We’ve asked the Department of Health and Environmental Control many times since Tuesday how many new infections there might be following a second round of testing. This second round of tests included hundreds of students who initially tested negative back in May.

At least one parent tells 7 On Your Side her child is now positive for the TB germ.

DHEC failed to respond to emails and calls Wednesday.

We were at a meeting in Columbia Wednesday where members of the Board of Health and Environmental Control passed a resolution saying they support Director Catherine Templeton’s response to the illness.

“The board endorses Director Templeton’s insistence and focus on agency reform, accountability and efficiencies directed at improving service to the citizens of South Carolina, and most importantly carrying out the agency’s mission to promote and protect the health of the public and the environment,” the resolution reads.

Last week, we were in Columbia as state senators grilled Templeton over the outbreak asking why it took until May to notify children and parents a school janitor had the contagious disease.

Emails from four fired nurses show the central DHEC office knew about the outbreak in early April.

Templeton told us she didn’t know about it until she visited the health department in May, but later admitted under oath that she knew about it earlier.

In June, dozens of students at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County tested positive for the infection. Ten students later developed TB disease.

So far, 106 people tested positive in Greenwood County. Fifty three of them are students.

Parent: Another Child Tests Positive For TB Infection In Upstate - August 13, 2013

The parent of at least one child who tested negative at the end of the school year amid a tuberculosis outbreak in Greenwood County says their has now tested positive for the infection.  Nurses began reading a new round of testing Tuesday.

The outbreak, which was spread by a school employee at Ninety-Six Primary School, has triggered more than 100 positive test results for those who have been in contact with the bacteria.  Chest x-rays have indicated some of those patients had the active disease.

300 new skin tests were given in Ninety Six on Saturday.  

Today at least one parent says they learned her child was now positive for the germ that causes tuberculosis disease.

Most, however, were still negative giving many parents peace of mind as children prepare to return to school August 20th.

"This whole situation created a lot of fear and anxiety among families parents the whole community," said Shakina Adams.

Other parents said they still aren't willing to trust DHEC after the state health agency failed to warn them about the outbreak for months after discovering a contagious janitor at the school.

"If they would hide that what else would they hide from us?" asked Ashley Kinard.  "They said they cleaned (the school) out but I would like to see proof before I send them back."

DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley said students who test positive will get followup examinations and will begin treatment for the infection.

Legislators May Debate TB Testing Of School Staff - August 9, 2013

A tuberculosis outbreak in Greenwood County that was spread by a school employee may prompt South Carolina legislators to require more testing of school staff.

For decades, state law has required that applicants for any job at a school or day care be evaluated for tuberculosis and provide proof from a doctor before starting work that they do not have the contagious disease. But no follow-up testing is required.

The director of South Carolina's public health agency says she thinks periodic testing is a good idea.

Catherine Templeton's response came as senators questioned her Thursday about her agency's investigation into an outbreak that began with a janitor at Ninety-Six Primary School.

Templeton says his case was very advanced by the time he was removed from the school in early March.

SC Senators Looking Into Tuberculosis Outbreak - August 8, 2013

South Carolina senators questioned the director of the state's public health agency about its botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak in Greenwood County Thursday.

The Senate Medical Affairs Committee is looking into why it took more than two months for the agency to notify the public and begin testing children after health officials learned that a school janitor had the contagious disease.

Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Templeton has acknowledged the agency messed up. Templeton fired several employees because of the missteps, saying they violated policies and didn't consider the situation urgent.

A dozen people are being treated after the outbreak.

DHEC Establishes New Whistle-blower Policy - August 5, 2013

The state’s health agency has a new whistle-blower policy.

Officials with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control say the new policy empowers employees to take their concerns beyond their direct supervisor if they feel there is an imminent threat.

Several lawsuits have been filed against DHEC concerning the handling of a tuberculosis outbreak in Greenwood County.Suits allege the agency wrongfully fired employees for not working fast enough in the handling of the case. The employees say they that despite being warned, DHEC failed to respond to requests, and made the decision not to test students at Ninety Six Primary School until around two months after being informed of the initial investigation results.

DHEC Director Catherine Templeton says the employees were fired for their missteps.

SC DHEC Chief: Agency Botched TB Investigation - July 16, 2013

The director of South Carolina's public health agency says a botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood County school endangered the public.

Director Catherine Templeton says she fired several employees because of the missteps.

"For any one person to know everything that's going on, it's not possible, so the employees were vested with the responsibility to be accountable and to call me if they need me," Templeton told 7 On Your Side Tuesday evening.  Click here to watch the entire interview.

Two Democratic senators called for investigative hearings earlier Tuesday.  Sen. Floyd Nicholson of Greenwood and Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg sent the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler.

Sen. Nicholson says DHEC higher-ups may have used the local DHEC staff as scapegoats, firing several nurses.

Still the main question is why it took almost two months before anyone notified parents at Ninety Six Primary School.

"I just want to get to the bottom of it, and get the truth, and find out exactly who left the ball where and the main thing is to make sure this doesn't happen again," Nicholson explained.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler of Gaffney agreed with the call for hearings.  Peeler said he is asking agency officials to answer questions from his Medical Affairs Committee next month.

DHEC later released a statement in response to the call.

"Director Templeton welcomes the opportunity to meet with the Committee, and to share all of the steps that have been required to protect the Town of Ninety Six.  We have been working hard to identify problems, fix them, and restore accountability to and public confidence in this agency."

Parents in Ninety Six are upset they were not notified after the outbreak was detected in March at a local school and that officials did not test children for the contagious disease for months.

Three former workers have sued the agency saying they were wrongly fired and made scapegoats.

Amended TB Lawsuit Claims DHEC Employees Tried To Make Money Off Outbreak - July 3, 2013

The nurses fired after an Upstate tuberculosis outbreak say their bosses at the state health agency tried to profit from the disease.

One of the new complaints filed Wednesday morning states a former employee at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County says two S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control employees formed a new consulting company called S&T TB Consulting, LLC.

We checked with the Secretary of State's office and found S&T TB Consulting was formed on May 17. That's two weeks before students at the school were tested for the disease, and well after nurses there say they warned the central office of the dangerous outbreak.

The registered agent for S&T TB Consulting, Shea Rabley, was working as program manager for the DHEC TB control division at the time.

"There was a direct intentional obstruction of this (investigation)," said plaintiffs attorney John Reckenbeil.

"One has to conclude that it was intentionally done for a purpose," he said.

We're working to bring you even more information on this case. Keep checking back for the latest updates throughout the day and tune in tonight for a complete report.

2 New Lawsuits Filed After DHEC Firings in TB Outbreak - June 27, 2013

Two new lawsuits have been filed against the state's health agency after it terminated several employees over the handling of a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood County school.

Two nurses filed the suits saying the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control wrongfully terminated them, and violated the whistleblower law.

A similar lawsuit was filed earlier this month.

The latest suits were filed Thursday by Latrinia Richard and Anne Ashley. Richard was the Site Supervisor for the Greenwood County Health Department. Ashley was the Case Manager for Abbeville and McCormick counties.

The suits allege that despite being warned, DHEC failed to respond to requests, and made the decision not to test students at Ninety Six Primary School until around two months after being informed of the initial investigation results.

"They were the ones telling Columbia that there was a problem and in order to silence them, in order to put a spin on it, that's why they were fired," the plaintiffs' attorney John Reckenbeil said.

The suits also claim the "index" patient had an open-flow air vent in his working space that joined a classroom. Eight of the 12 individuals from the work site tested positive for TB, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuits also claim a violation of the state whistleblower protection act.

"That's the very essence of a whistleblower in saying there is a problem, come do something about it and then the government doesn't do anything about it and then in the end they're silenced by being terminated," Reckenbeil said.

Last week, another former DHEC employee who was fired during case filed a similar lawsuit.

Malinda Martin, along with others lost her job on May 30 after the agency's director said they weren't moving fast enough in handling the outbreak.

Martin says she was told by DHEC not to test students, then was later fired for not testing them.

Former DHEC Employee Files Wrongful Termination Suit In TB Outbreak - June 19, 2013

A wrongful termination lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina's health agency concerning the handling of an Upstate tuberculosis outbreak.

A former Department of Health and Environmental Control employee says she was told by the agency not to test students, then was later fired for not testing them.

Malinda Martin, a registered nurse who lives in Spartanburg County, filed the lawsuit Tuesday claiming she was unfairly terminated in late May. Martin was the region's tuberculosis program manager and worked for DHEC for more than two decades.

Martin lost her job along with others on May 30 after the agency's director said they weren't moving fast enough in the handling of TB case that originated at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County. DHEC Director Catherine Templeton said others would face disciplinary action.

So far, at least 73 individuals have tested positive for having been in contact with the bacteria. Twelve have had abnormal chest x-rays indicating a contagious form of TB.

You can read more about the wrongful termination lawsuit at GoUpstate.com.

Judge Lifts Restraining Order But Acknowledges Fear In Community - June 17, 2013

A judge let a restraining order against the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control expire. The order forced the agency to open the Greenwood County Health Department on weekends.

The mother of a young child with tuberculosis asked for the order because she feared her son wouldn't be able to get treatment for his illness with the department closed on weekends.

The state said the child was supposed to get medicine five days a week but now that period of treatment is over and there is no need to remain open on weekends.

Ninety Six School District To Pay For Student And Staff TB Testing - June 13, 2013

Mark Petersen, Ninety Six School District Superintendent confirmed to 7 On Your Side the district will pay for the cost to provide a TB skin test to any student and staff member that wishes to be tested.

Petersen said, "It has come to my attention that some students and staff members who believe that they could have been exposed to tuberculosis at Ninety Six Primary School have not been able to be tested by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. In an effort to ensure that all of our students and staff members who wish to be tested are able to access the proper testing, the District has contracted with Accurate Diagnostics to provide TB skin tests, free of charge. While the District is unable to facilitate and/or pay for any recommended follow-up testing and treatment, I believe that this initial testing will help alleviate some of our community's concerns".

Petersen says those who wish to be tested need to go to the District Office, 605 Johnston Road, Ninety Six, SC 29666 and pick up a form that will authorize them to receive testing from Accurate Diagnostics. The form will be signed and then the form must be taken along with a picture ID to Accurate Diagnostics, located at 125 Capital Street in Greenwood to receive the TB skin testing. Accurate Diagnostics will be responsible for administering and reading the tests and for advising individuals of the results of those tests.

The school district has contracted with Ecolabs to sanitize all schools including the district office. Petersen says that DHEC did not recommend this but they felt it was necessary to ensure peace of mind in the community and that staff and students return in the fall to a clean and healthy environment.

Another Patient Added To List Of Those In Contact With TB - June 12, 2013

Since Tuesday's report from state health officials, results show another person has tested positive for having been in contact with tuberculosis in an Upstate outbreak that they say

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control now says 74 people have been exposed to the germ in Greenwood County.

Testing came after DHEC says someone at Ninety Six Primary School tested positive for the dangerous bacteria.

"There are still only two infectious people identified thus far in the community, and both are affiliated with the school," Wednesday's news release states.

Several lawsuits have been filed in connection with the outbreak. They accuse DHEC of negligence in handling the case. Four suits also add Greenwood School District 52 as a defendant.

More Test Positive In Upstate TB Outbreak - June 11, 2013

State health officials released updated numbers of those who have tested positive for TB in an Upstate outbreak.

According to a release from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 73 individuals, including 55 students and 18 non-students, have been exposed to the disease.

Twelve others had abnormal chest x-rays. Two of those are non-students, while 10 were children who attended Greenwood County schools.

The number of non-students who tested positive increased sharply with the latest DHEC report, which was released Tuesday.

The Department of Health and Environmental control made it clear it believed the tuberculosis outbreak did not spread outside the school walls.

"If you have not set foot in the Ninety Six Primary School this school year you are not at risk of being affected by this tuberculosis outbreak," Department of Health And Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton said.

According to TB testing results at an Upstate lab, that's not true.

Accurate Diagnostics in Greenwood tells us this is a document showing one of five positive TB skin tests from people the lab tells us never stepped foot in the primary school.

Now it's important to mention those positive results still have to be confirmed by a doctor.

"The problem is right now who knows if you've been exposed so that's the big issue so I think if you are concerned you should get tested," Dr. Jed Graham with Physicians Care in Greenwood said.

Dr. Graham tells us since the initial person with contagious TB was uncooperative and refused to stay home claims the TB was contained to the school may not be accurate.

Which has parents questioning how state health officials handled the outbreak.

"It's hard to trust what they say anymore I don't know if I can believe any of the numbers they put out there," parent Anna Campbell said.

DHEC wouldn't answer our questions about whether TB spread outside the school.

But numbers from the agency show in the past 4 days 10 more people came back with positive TB skin tests.

5 Lawsuits Filed In Upstate TB Case - June 10, 2013

At least five lawsuits accusing the Department of Health and Environmental Control of negligence in handling the tuberculosis outbreak have been filed in Greenwood County. Four also add Greenwood School District 52 as a defendant.

Greenwood attorney Jon Newlon filed a class action suit on behalf of several children infected at Ninety Six Primary school. He said he wants to force the state agency to do the job it's tasked to do.

"Its not about making money. It's about making sure that DHEC, like other governmental agencies, do what they're supposed to do in a timely manner because that's their job," Newlon said.

A Hampton attorney, Lee Cope said his primary concern in three lawsuits filed Friday is to make sure the state health agency is protecting the infected.

A judge approved his motion for a temporary restraining order Friday that forced DHEC to open the Greenwood County Health Department to open on Saturday and Sunday so that infected students could continue to get medication as prescribed.

All five lawsuits demanded a jury trial.

School Officials: District Had Some Idea About Outbreak - June 7, 2013

School officials in Greenwood County say the district had some idea about what has now turned into a tuberculosis outbreak in the Upstate.

So far, 63 people in Greenwood County have tested positive for contact with TB in the outbreak that originated at Ninety Six Primary School. Eleven of those had abnormal chest x-rays.

School board chairman Sam Corley and member Paul Cobb said Friday that the board had some "suspicion" of an infectious disease as early as late March, but they hinted that DHEC kept them quiet.

DHEC spokesman Mark Plowden said that's not true and that the agency never gave the district a directive to remain silent on the issue.

In fact, agency director Catherine Templeton said she doesn't know how the school board (specifically the superintendent) could act like they didn't know what was going on, especially considering DHEC began testing people in March.

DHEC officials said Friday that the "damage was done" before they even heard about the first case that is thought to have started the outbreak in March.

Last week, Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County started testing students for TB. Those results showed dozens of people tested positive for the bacteria.

Tests also confirm that at least two people have a contagious form of the illness.

Index TB Patient Detained - June 6, 2013

The "index patient" in the Upstate tuberculosis outbreak has been detained as part of an Emergency Public Health Order by state health officials.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials say that individual has not been cooperative.

That patient has been taken to a secure medical facility where they will be confined for 30 days, or until they are no longer infectious.

Also Thursday, a class action lawsuit was filed concerning the handling of outbreak.

Attorney Billy Garrett says he filled the suit after seeing reports from 7 On Your Side.

He tells Community Watchdog reporter Gordon Dill more than 20 people have signed on to the suit against the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and District 50 Schools in Greenwood County.

Garrett says one of the clients has cancer and is on chemotherapy. That individual is reacting poorly to the tuberculosis drug treatment, he adds. Two other clients are children with active tuberculosis.

So far, DHEC says 63 people have tested positive for contact with TB. Eleven of those had abnormal chest x-rays.

Tune in tonight on 7 On Your Side, or keep checking back to WSPA.com for the very latest on this developing story.

2nd Contagious TB Case Confirmed - June 5, 2013

A second contagious case of tuberculosis has been confirmed in Greenwood County as the state deals with an outbreak.

State health officials announced Wednesday evening that the new case was found in an adult male employee at Ninety Six Primary School. A chest x-ray confirmed the active case.

The patient is now under the care of a physician and has started treatment.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says officials are requiring that the individual remain in their home. They are working to find anyone who has been in contact with the patient.

Also, health officials announced that they are now offering free tuberculosis tests to anyone who has spent time in any buildings on the school's campus.

If you have not been contacted by DHEC, but still have concerns, you are asked to see your primary care provider. If you don't have one, call the Greenwood County Health Department at (864) 942-3600. There will be a charge for these tests.

So far, DHEC says 62 people, 10 staff members and 52 students, have tested positive for coming in contact with the germ. Ten of those cases had abnormal chest x-rays.

We've put together some resources to help you better understand tuberculosis. Check the links to the left.

Upstate Dealing With TB Outbreak - June 4, 2013

State health officials say the state of South Carolina is dealing with a tuberculosis outbreak.

Fifty eight people have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County.

State Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton tells 7 On Your Side eight of those students have the disease. However, they are not contagious according to an infectious disease specialist. Those eight cases were confirmed through an x-ray.

DHEC says the students who need treatment will be given three medications for 6 months. The others who have been exposed will be given one medication for 9 months.

Templeton says the original person who was infected has an unusually contagious form of TB. That person has not been cooperative with investigators, she explains to Community Watchdog reporter Gordon Dill.

The infectious disease specialist says he doesn't think there are any more carriers who have the infectious form of the disease, but it's uncertain because they aren't sure who else was in contact with the original carrier.

DHEC says that individual is the first ever in South Carolina to be placed under a public health order due to the lack of cooperation.

DHEC employees in the Greenwood County office lost their jobs last week. Templeton says they were fired because they weren't moving fast enough in the handling of this case.

We've put together some resources to help you better understand tuberculosis. Check the links to the left.

DHEC: 57 Test Positive For Exposure To TB - June 3, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control now says that 57 individuals have tested positive for exposure tuberculosis at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County District 52.

In a news release, DHEC reported that 463 tests were given and those testing positive were instructed to have a chest x-ray. DHEC medical staff will review the x-rays and provide medication if deemed necessary.

Health officials stress that a positive TB skin test does not mean that the person has the TB disease and that a positive result only means that a person has been infected with the germ that causes the disease.

DHEC says approximately 5 to 10 percent of individuals infected with the germ ever develop the disease.

Parents: Children Test Postitive For TB Exposure - June 3, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

Parents of students at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County District 52 say their children have tested positive for tuberculosis.

The parents of four students, ages 4, 6, and 8, all tell 7 On Your Side their children received positive results following tests that were taken Friday. The Department of Health and Environmental Control has not confirmed any of these cases at this time.

The tests came after state health officials say someone at the school tested positive for the dangerous bacteria earlier in May.

Not everyone who has the bacteria that causes tuberculosis becomes sick. The bacteria are spread through the air and often attack the lungs, causing a bad cough in those who get infected. The disease can be fatal if not treated.

Some DHEC employees are out of a job concerning the handling the case.

Monday afternoon a second district, Greenwood 50, notified all parents of possible contact with someone infected with TB.

According to a district spokesman, students at Mathews Elementary and Woodfields Elementary may have come into contact with someone infected with the germ that causes TB.

Parents at those two schools got letters in the mail in addition to a phone call from the district.

DHEC Employees Fired For Handing Of TB Case - May 30, 2013

Some employees with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control are out of a job after the handling of a tuberculosis case in Greenwood County.

Earlier, 7 On Your Side told you students at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County will be tested Friday to see if they've been exposed to the dangerous bacteria.

That came after state health officials say someone at the school tested positive for the illness.

Now, an official with DHEC says the staff members originally responsible for handing that case are no longer with the agency and others will face disciplinary action.

A forum was held Wednesday night for concerned parents. A hotline has also been set up.

"There is a great deal of anxiety in this community regarding the possible exposure of school children and others to the tuberculosis germ," said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton. "This community needs to know that their health department is here to help them. We are committed to protecting them, and have taken additional actions to ensure their health and safety."

Students will be tested beginning Friday morning, according to the agency.

You can find more information about this case on DHEC's website.

TB Confirmed At Upstate School - May 28, 2013

Students at a Greenwood County school are being offered a free tuberculosis test after it was determined that someone at the school had been exposed to the bacteria that cause the illness.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday federal privacy laws won't let it release the name of the school, the person who tested positive or their relationship to children.

Health officials say they have contacted parents of students that might have come in contact with the person to offer them the skin test.

Not everyone who has the bacteria that causes tuberculosis becomes sick. The bacteria are spread through the air and often attack the lungs, causing a bad cough in those who get infected. The disease can be fatal if not treated.

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