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Some SC senators call for hearing in TB case

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The director of South Carolina's public health agency says a botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood County school endangered the public.

Director Catherine Templeton told The State newspaper she fired several employees because of the missteps.

Malinda Martin, Latrinia Richard, and Anne Ashley said they were fired after the outbreak became public, and are suing for wrongful termination, claiming the state DHEC office in Columbia botched the investigation.

State Sen. Floyd Nicholson (D-Greenwood) and Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) have called for a bipartisan subcommittee to investigate DHEC's response to the outbreak. Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler of Gaffney agreed.

Peeler told The Associated Press he is asking agency officials to answer questions from his Medical Affairs Committee on Aug. 8.

Parents in Ninety Six are upset they were not notified after the outbreak was detected in March at a local school and that officials did not test children for the contagious disease for months.

Three former workers have sued the agency saying they were wrongly fired and made scapegoats.

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