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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
SOUTH CAROLINA: DHEC Staffers Fired in Light of Tuberculosis Tests
By Tony Santaella
May 31, 2013 (Columbia) (05.30.2013)

On May 30, South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Director Catherine Templeton said that some SCDHEC staff members have been fired due to their handling of a TB exposure case at the Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County, S.C.; some other staff members will face disciplinary action. Department officials met with school parents who voiced concern over why they had not been notified sooner of the potential exposure and questioned why the department was not offering TB testing to all students at the school. School officials said that some students were exposed to the infection at some time throughout the past few months, but parents only learned about the exposure this week. School officials said they followed state guidelines when notifying parents. SCDHEC nurses are scheduled to be onsite at the school on May 31 to test students who might have been exposed to the infection.