DHEC re-tests for Tuberculosis in Ninety Six - FOX Carolina 21

DHEC re-tests for Tuberculosis in Ninety Six

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NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control gave out free follow-up skin tests for people in Ninety Six, who tested negative for the disease the first time around.

This comes after the TB outbreak discovered at Ninety Six Primary School at the end of May. Nearly 600 people were tested for the disease, after a staff member at the school tested positive. Seventy four people had positive results, and 12 of those had abnormal x-rays.

DHEC staff contacted about a thousand people, who had come through earlier clinics, to come to a health fair at the Depot in Ninety Six on Saturday. They said hundreds showed up to get re-tested.

DHEC spokesperson, Jim Beasley said the school has been thoroughly cleaned and it is safe for students to return to classes on Aug. 20. He said everyone who had been diagnosed with TB has gotten the proper treatment.

In terms of the re-testing, "We want to come back several weeks after the initial round of testing, because sometimes the original test, the disease may not have progressed to a detectable level, and so we want to come back one more time and put them at ease," said Beasley.

People who were re-tested Saturday can get their results at the Depot on Tuesday.

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