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June 3, 2013

DHEC update regarding TB investigation in Greenwood County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control today issued the following update regarding the tuberculosis (TB) investigation in Greenwood County.

Of the four hundred sixty-two (462) TB skin tests read by DHEC medical staff today, fifty-seven (57) individuals had a positive test result. A positive test indicates a person has been infected with the TB germ. Four hundred five (405) tests were negative.

The individuals showing a positive skin test were referred for a diagnostic chest x-ray. A DHEC physician will review the x-rays. DHEC medical staff will then contact the individual or child’s parent/guardian with the results and provide any medication, as directed by a physician.

It is important to note that a positive TB skin test does not mean that a person has TB disease. A positive skin test only means that a person has been infected by the TB germ. If a person has a positive skin test, further evaluation, including a chest x-ray, is performed to rule out or diagnose TB disease. Not everyone infected with the TB germ becomes sick -- approximately 5 to 10 percent of individuals infected with the germ ever develop the disease.

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