DHEC staffers fired in light of tuberculosis tests

      GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - Staff members of the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control have been fired over their handling of the tuberculosis case at a Greenwood County school.

      DHEC director Catherine Templeton also said Thursday that some staffers will face disciplinary action for their handling of the case.

      Department officials met with parents at Ninety Six Primary School who voiced concern about not being notified sooner and why not all students were offered a chance to be tested.

      School officials said some children were exposed to the germ sometime in the past few months, but parents only learned about the potential exposure this week. School officials said they followed all state guidelines when notifying parents.

      DHEC nurses will be at the school Friday to test students who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis.

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