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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2013 (5:15 p.m. EST)

DHEC Update – TB Investigation, Greenwood County  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has provided the following update to the TB investigation in Greenwood County:

  1. A chest X-Ray of a second employee of Ninety Six Primary School has been read to confirm the individual has an active case of TB disease.  The patient is under the care of a physician, and has begun treatment.  This patient is infectious, and DHEC is requiring that they remain confined to their home.  A contact investigation on this patient is underway.
  1. DHEC has issued a revision to the testing model – the agency is offering testing to any individual who has spent time in any buildings on the school’s campus.  The agency recommends testing to individuals who have spent time in the school’s two classroom buildings.  The two classroom buildings have smaller rooms, lower ceilings, narrower hallways, etc. than the Gym, Media Center, and Resource Building, which make them structurally more conducive to the spread of the TB germ.  There will not be a charge for tests offered or recommended.  These revisions are based upon a review of the school’s buildings and the case file, performed by Dr. Richard Ervin, DHEC State TB Medical Consultant.

    DHEC Greenwood County Health Department
    Address: 1736 Main St S, Greenwood, SC 29646
    Phone:(864) 942-3600
  1. If DHEC has not contacted an individual and advised testing at this time, yet they are still concerned, they should contact their primary care provider. If they have no primary care provider, they can call the Greenwood County Health Department at (864) 942-3600. It is important to understand that there will be a charge for this test.
  1. DHEC has established a webpage to provide information relative to this investigation as it is confirmed.  Please check it for regular updates.  A link is found at the top of the agency’s homepage:  http://www.scdhec.gov 
  1. As of this update, the testing totals stand as follows:

    Total number of TB skin tests = 536 (59 staff, 487 students),
    Total number of positive TB skin test results = 62 (10 staff, 52 students),
    Total number of abnormal chest X-ray readings = 10 (1 staff, 9 students).

Information resulting from this investigation will be provided as it is confirmed, and in accordance with state and federal law.

To learn more about TB, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tb   

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For media inquiries:
Mark Plowden – (803) 898-9518
Email – Mark.Plowden@dhec.sc.gov