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DHEC: Some Greenwood Co. students to be tested for tuberculosis

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Some students at a Greenwood County school will be tested for tuberculosis after someone connected to the school tested positive for the disease, according to state health officials.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said they were administering the TB skin test to some children at the school to determine if they were infected with the germ that can cause the illness.

DHEC nurses will be at the school on Friday to administer the free tests and will return on Monday to read each child's test result. DHEC said parents are being provided a consent form to have their child tested, along with additional information about TB.

The students came in contact with the infected person in a classroom environment, DHEC officials said.

"Not everyone infected with the TB germ becomes sick," said Dr. Melissa Overman, DHEC Upstate Regional medical director.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, TB is spread through the air from one person to another when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings; it is not spread by shaking someone's hand, sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes or kissing.

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