DHEC worker accused of profiting from TB outbreak

By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina health department nurse says another health worker tried to profit from an outbreak of tuberculosis at a Greenwood County school.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Shea Rabley of setting up a tuberculosis consulting business after the outbreak was detected at Greenwood County's Ninety Six Primary School.

The allegations are part of former DHEC nurse Latrinia Richard's lawsuit. Richard says she was wrongly fired after DHEC officials didn't heed her warnings about the outbreak.

A DHEC spokesman declined to comment. A woman answering a work listing in Rabley's name said she no longer worked for the department.

Hundreds of people have been tested for the disease.

One adult with contagious tuberculosis is confined at home. Another is at a medical lockdown unit until the infection passes.


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