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DHEC releases TB test results from Stratford High School

DHEC releases TB test results from Stratford High School

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GOOSE CREEK, SC -  

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says preliminary test results show no active tuberculosis infections involving a Charleston area school.

DHEC released a statement Tuesday providing an update on their investigation involving Stratford High School in Berkeley County:

"To date, one hundred forty-eight students have been tested and one hundred forty-six have returned negative test results. Two tests are pending results. Sixty-four staff members have been tested and sixty-three have returned negative results. One test in this group is pending results.

An additional eighteen individuals were tested today. This included six students, six teachers, three bus drivers and three additional school staff members.

Forty-one individuals have not yet been tested and DHEC will continue to follow-up with them: twenty-six students, eleven teachers, and four bus drivers. An additional fifteen students who have either graduated or transferred have been notified for testing. Three were tested today. All of these individuals have been notified by DHEC, reminded that they need to be tested, and informed that nurses were available to do so today.

DHEC will continue to update the public as information becomes available."                              
    
SCDHEC tested about 170 people at Stratford High School for the lung disease last week.
 
Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Rodney Thompson says no other cases have been reported so far and there is no reason to think this will turn into an outbreak.
    
Two adults and 10 children tested positive for tuberculosis last year at a Greenwood County school. The lung disease is highly contagious, but can be treated with antibiotics.

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