Months After Detecting Potentially Fatal Disease State Begins Te - WSPA.com

Months After Detecting Potentially Fatal Disease State Begins Testing Children For Exposure

Posted: Updated:

Hundreds of children filled a room at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County for a clinic organized by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.  They lined up in the hall, sat at one of a dozen tables staffed by nurses, and had their arms pricked for a tuberculosis test.

The test comes months after the state first started investigating the disease here.

"I feel like it was way too late. I don't feel like we know everything," said parent Haleigh Harrison.
"I think that D-Hec done us wrong and I'm not really happy," said parent Jodi Williams.
A spokesman for agency director Catherine Templeton now confirms the investigation into tuberculosis infection began here in March.  

Templeton was not willing to answer questions about the delay in testing students or notifying parents of possible exposure.

Instead, the state held a meeting for parents Wednesday to tell them about testing for their children.

Tuberculosis is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that attacks the lungs.  It can be fought off by healthy immune systems but, in this case, confirmed tuberculosis disease means it is an active infection that could potentially spread to other patients.
7 On Your Side wanted answers about why, after testing some school staff, parents weren't warned about the tuberculosis until the end of May.
 
"At this point our epidemiological investigation has determined that we were able to identify a number of children who have been placed in an environment where they may have been exposed," said D-Hec spokesman Jim Beasley.

"We're taking the steps at this time to make sure we're doing exactly the right things that we know to do in order to ensure we're looking out for the health of the children, we're looking out for the health of the family, and we're looking out for the health of the community."
     
This week, Templeton fired several of the health officials involved in the investigation and others were disciplined.  The agency will not say how many employees were affected by the action or what mistakes may have been made.
  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Reward Offered For Greer Firearms Theft

    Reward Offered For Greer Firearms Theft

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:01:09 GMT
    The ATF is joining other organizations in offering a reward to help solve a firearms theft in Greer in July. Photo Courtesy Greer PDThe ATF is joining other organizations in offering a reward to help solve a firearms theft in Greer in July. Photo Courtesy Greer PD

    The ATF is joining other organizations in offering a reward to help solve a firearms theft in Greer in July.

    The ATF is joining other organizations in offering a reward to help solve a firearms theft in Greer in July.

  • Attempted Murder Charge For Driver In Clinton Crash

    Attempted Murder Charge For Driver In Clinton Crash

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:11:26 GMT
    Alton PaytonAlton Payton

    Clinton Public Safety has filed an attempted murder charge against the driver of a car that plowed into Bailey Manor Wednesday afternoon. Public Safety Director Robin Morse says Alton Payton, 84, will also be charged with one count of malicious damage to real property.

    Clinton Public Safety has filed an attempted murder charge against the driver of a car that plowed into Bailey Manor Wednesday afternoon. Public Safety Director Robin Morse says Alton Payton, 84, will also be charged with one count of malicious damage to real property.

  • Jackson St. Fire In Anderson Co. Being Treated as Suspicious

    Jackson St. Fire In Anderson Co. Being Treated as Suspicious

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:38:32 GMT
     Centerville Fire Chief Greg Dunn says the fire is being treated as suspicious and is under investigation.
     Centerville Fire Chief Greg Dunn says the fire is being treated as suspicious and is under investigation.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.