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DHEC: 2nd Upstate adult has infectious tuberculosis

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NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A second adult connected to a Greenwood County school has tested positive for the infectious tuberculosis disease, according to state officials.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said on Wednesday that a second Ninety Six Primary School employee's X-ray results showed they have an infectious case of the disease.

DHEC is requiring that person to stay at home and they have begun treatment for TB, DHEC spokesman Mark Plowden said.

Plowden said DHEC is now offering TB skin tests to anyone who spent time in any buildings on the school's campus. The agency recommends anyone who spent time in the school's two classroom buildings be tested. The tests will be free of charge, DHEC said.

Since DHEC first reported someone connected to the school tested positive for TB, 536 students and staff were tested, with 62 of those tests coming back positive (52 students). DHEC said of the 62, nine students and one staff member had abnormal chest X-rays.

On Tuesday, DHEC said eight children had tested positive for the disease but were not infectious because of their age.

While DHEC has not released further information about who the new disease case may have come in contact with, Plowden said anyone concerned should contact their primary care provider or call the Greenwood County Health Department at 864-942-3600. He said those patients will be charged for a test.

While TB is airborne, health officials said people can only get if from someone with a contagious version of the disease and must spend an extended period of time with that person.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, TB is spread through the air from one person to another when a person with TB disease (not infection) coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

However, the CDC said TB is not spread by shaking someone's hand, sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes or kissing.

DHEC has set up a special website for information about TB, which can be found by clicking here.

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