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DHEC to test students for TB exposure at Charleston-area middle school

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The state's Department of Health and Environmental Control will test students at a Charleston-area middle school to determine if they have been exposed to tuberculosis.

DHEC will conduct a disease investigation at C.E. Williams Middle School on Tuesday, according to DHEC spokesman Robert Yanity. Hours for the testing for affected students are 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

The test will require blood to be drawn and parents or guardians will be required to sign and return a consent form. 

The test is being done because a person associated with the school tested positive for the disease.

"Recently, some students and staff were possibly exposed to the TB germ," Yanity said in a statement. "DHEC is working with the school to investigate possible exposures, notify directly individuals who may have been potentially exposed, and perform TB testing, if indicated."

Yanity said notification letters were sent to the school for distribution to students and staff on Thursday.

The first letter was was sent to students and staff who may have been exposed to the TB germ and for whom DHEC recommends testing, while a second letter is an awareness letter sent to all other students and staff. 

Results of the tests are expected on Friday, the letters state.

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