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DHEC Investigating TB Case At Clemson University

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A student at Clemson University has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, and now state health officials are working to contact dozens of others who came into contact with them. A student at Clemson University has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, and now state health officials are working to contact dozens of others who came into contact with them.
CLEMSON, S.C. -

Latest TB Testing Totals From DHEC (6/21/2013)

  • Total number of TB screening tests performed = 21
  • Total number of positive TB screening test results = 0

A student at Clemson University has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, and now state health officials are contacting dozens of others who came into contact with them, according to an email sent to students last week.

Clemson officials say the 35 students and staff who came in "close contact" with the infected student will be tested as a precautionary measure.  So far, officials say 21 people have been tested.  None of them tested positive for TB.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating after the diagnosis. They also say the student who was diagnosed with TB is no longer on campus.

Most of the individuals being contacted shared a classroom with the infected student, according to the email from the school.

The university's Redfern Health Center is working with DHEC in the investigation. If you have not been contacted by health officials, but still have questions, you can call the health center at 864-656-4635.

DHEC says a positive test result does not mean someone has an infectious form of the TB disease. Only a chest x-ray can confirm that.

In addition to Clemson University dealing with a case of tuberculosis, state health officials are working a TB outbreak in Greenwood County.

Seventy three individuals have tested positive for coming in contact with the germ. Twelve people, 10 students and two non-students, had abnormal chest x-ray readings indicating an infectious form of TB.

Testing came after DHEC says someone at Ninety Six Primary School tested positive for the bacteria.


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