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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2013 (5:05 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 tuberculosis (TB) investigation in Greenwood County:

  1. As of this update, the testing totals (associated with the school) stand as follows:

    Total number of TB skin tests = 603 (112 non-students, 491 students),
    Total number of positive TB skin test results = 74 (19 non-students, 55 students),
    Total number of abnormal chest X-ray readings = 12 (2 non-students, 10 students).
  2. Since March 8, as part of DHEC’s ongoing investigation, the following information reflects additional testing and results obtained thus far:

    Total number of TB skin tests = 729,
    Total number of positive TB skin test results = 25,
    Total number of abnormal chest x-ray readings = 1*.

*The one (1) abnormal chest x-ray was identified as an extrapulmonary case of TB, and had been medically determined to be non-infectious.

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