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Greenwood 52 offering free TB tests for students, staff

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NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenwood County District 52 officials said free tuberculosis tests will be available for any students or staff members who may have been exposed to the disease.

District Superintendent Dr. Mark Peterson posted on the district's website that they are offering the tests to those who were not tested by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Peterson said the district contracted with Accurate Diagnostics to provide the free TB skin tests. The district is not paying for any recommended follow-up testing and treatment.

"I believe that this initial testing will help alleviate some of our community's concerns," Peterson said in the posted release.

District students and staff members who wish to be tested should stop by the District Office at 605 Johnston Rd. in Ninety Six to pick up a form that will authorize them to receive testing from Accurate Diagnostics.

After receiving a signed form, they must take the form and a picture ID to Accurate Diagnostics, which located at 125 Capital St. in Greenwood to receive the TB skin test. Accurate Diagnostics will be responsible for administering and reading the tests and for advising individuals of the results of those tests.

Peterson said it is bringing in Ecolabs to sanitize all of the District 52 schools and the district office. He said DHEC did not instruct them to disinfect the buildings.

"I believe that decontaminating the buildings is another important step our district should take to ensure that our students and staff return in the fall to a clean and healthy environment," Peterson said.

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 the 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 officials have repeatedly said that anyone who tested positive for the TB infection following skin tests are not contagious, only those with the disease are. DHEC also said there is no definitive way to confirm what source someone developed the latent infection from because they could have had it prior to the Ninety Six outbreak.

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