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Tuberculosis confirmed at Stratford High School in Berkeley County

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A student who attended Stratford High School tested positive for tuberculosis.

On Monday afternoon, DHEC was informed by a medical facility that the former Stratford High student may be infected. On Tuesday, he was interviewed and tested, with positive results for TB.

The student was last enrolled at the school back in November.

176 students, teachers and staff may have been exposed to Tuberculosis because they shared either a classroom or a bus with the patient are being recommended for testing.

The school contacted all students Wednesday and sent home testing packets with the students. DHEC is offering free testing for the 176 students, teachers and faculty at a DHEC office on Thursday, or at the school on Friday. The blood test will be free for students, but only with written permission from their parents.

Parents could also pay to have their child tested at their physician's office. If parents of students who are not a part of that group of 176 want their child tested, they will have to pay for that on their own.


Test results are expected back next week.

Here is some information you may find reassuring about tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a lung infection that can only be transmitted through the air and can be effectively treated with antibiotics. TB particles may dissipate rather quickly. A place is free from TB a short time after a contagious person leaves.

School district officials plan to talk to the media about this issue Thursday morning.

Here are some additional resources on TB. Call 1-800-868-0404 or visit www.scdhec.gov/health/disease/tb<http://www.scdhec.gov/health/disease/tb>

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