DHEC: Stratford High School TB test results show no infection so far

Published: Jan. 20, 2014 at 5:48 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM EST
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Department of Health and Environmental Control released a statement on Tuesday afternoon stating that tuberculosis testing for students and staff at Stratford High School show no active infections.

According to DHEC, 148 students have been tested, with 146 showing negative results. DHEC officials say two tests are still pending.

A press release states 64 staff members of the school have been tested, and 63 have returned negative results. One test is pending.

The testing follows after a student was diagnosed with the disease last week. TB is a lung infection that can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it can be deadly.

DHEC's full statement is below:

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Pursuant to a tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation being conducted by DHEC and involving Stratford High School in Berkeley County, the following update is provided:
Of the individuals tested for TB, there are currently no test results indicating active TB infection.
To date, one hundred forty-eight (148) students have been tested and one hundred forty-six (146) have returned negative test results. Two (2) tests are pending results. Sixty-four (64) staff members have been tested and sixty-three (63) have returned negative results. One (1) test in this group is pending results.
An additional eighteen (18) individuals were tested today. This included six (6) students, six (6) teachers, three (3) bus drivers and three (3) additional school staff members.
Forty-one (41) individuals have not yet been tested and DHEC will continue to follow-up with them: twenty-six (26) students, eleven (11) teachers, and four (4) bus drivers. An additional fifteen (15) students who have either graduated or transferred have been notified for testing. Three (3) 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.

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