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2nd Greenwood school district warning about tuberculosis

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two additional Greenwood County schools are warning students and staff about tuberculosis in the wake of a local infection, according to the district.

Greenwood School District 50 spokesperson Johnathan Graves said the district was taking a proactive approach by notifying students and employees at two district schools who may have come in contact with another district's student who tested positive for the infection.

Graves said that child's skin test showed the student was exposed to the TB germ at some point, so they are letting their two schools know as a precaution.

Some students at Ninety Six Primary School in District 52 were tested for TB on Friday after someone connected to the school tested positive with the disease, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"The district is taking a proactive approach in dealing with these situations to ensure that all of our students and staff are safe," Superintendent Darrell Johnson stated.

He said District 50 has no verification of any active TB cases within their district. If something changes, Graves said they will test students and staff following DHEC's protocols.

While not everyone who comes in contact with TB will get the disease, DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley said they may be infected. If someone is infected with TB, Beasley said it means they've been exposed to the bacteria and it's laying dormant with the chance of turning into the disease if left untreated.

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