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DHEC fires some in response to Greenwood Co. tuberculosis case

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina's top health officials said in response to an ongoing investigation and testing of tuberculosis in Greenwood County, some employees have been fired.

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton said she has visited the Greenwood County school affected after someone involved with the school tested positive for TB.

After reviewing how local and state officials responded to the case, some DHEC staff were fired and others will face disciplinary action, according to Mark Plowden with DHEC.

Additionally, Plowden said the individual who tested positive to TB has not been fully cooperative and was served with a Public Health Order requiring them to cooperate with DHEC. If the person refuses, they could face arrest, Plowden said.

"There is a great deal of anxiety in this community regarding the possible exposure of school children and others to the tuberculosis germ," said Templeton. "This community needs to know that their health department is here to help them. We are committed to protecting them, and have taken additional actions to ensure their health and safety."

DHEC officials met with parents at Ninety Six Primary School on Wednesday, who voiced concern about not being notified sooner and not offering all students the chance to be tested for the disease.

DHEC nurses will be at the school testing students potentially exposed to TB on Friday.

Medical experts are continuing to follow up in Greenwood County to investigate and review the medical case, Plowden said.

According to health officials, the symptoms of TB include a bad cough lasting three weeks or longer, chills, fever, sweating at night and loss of appetite. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms is advised to see a doctor.

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