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      DHEC: Tests so far show no active TB cases at Stratford High

      GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- There are no active cases of Tuberculosis among the people tested{}at Stratford High School after a reported case there, the state's health department said Tuesday.{}

      According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, 148 people have been tested and returned negative results. Two tests are pending.{}

      Officials said an additional 18 people were tested Tuesday, including six students, six teachers, three bus drivers, and three other staff members.{}

      DHEC still has 41 people to test, including 26 students, 11 teachers, four bus drivers, and another 15 people who either graduated or transferred.{}

      DHEC said in a release to media that they learned of the case last Monday.

      According to one letter sent to parents, the student is no longer at the school, but students who may have been exposed to the germ that causes TB received a follow-up letter for testing.{}

      The school reportedly reached out to parents about the positive TB case through the school's parent notification system.

      "This is how our schools should respond when notified of a health threat. We applaud Superintendent Thompson and the school board for their wisdom to notify the parents as soon as the lab confirmed the case," said{}DHEC Director Catherine Templeton.

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