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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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