2nd SC School Employee Has Contagious Tuberculosis

7:47 AM, Jun 6, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State health officials say a second Greenwood County school employee has an active case of tuberculosis in an outbreak that has infected several dozen people.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday that a second employee of Ninety Six Primary School was ordered to be confined at home after a chest X-ray showed the person had an active case of tuberculosis and is contagious.

Officials are investigating how many people had contact with that person.

Earlier this week, DHEC director Catherine Templeton said 58 employees and students had a positive skin test for tuberculosis exposure. Of those, eight students currently had developed the disease but were not contagious.

On Wednesday, DHEC revised those numbers to 62 positive skin tests and a total of 10 people with tuberculosis.

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