SC DHEC chief: Agency botched TB investigation

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's public health agency says a botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood County school endangered the public.

Director Catherine Templeton told The State newspaper she fired several employees because of the missteps.

Two Democratic senators called Tuesday for investigative hearings. Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler of Gaffney agreed. Peeler told The Associated Press he is asking agency officials to answer questions from his Medical Affairs Committee next month.

Parents in Ninety Six are upset they were not notified after the outbreak was detected in March at a local school and that officials did not test children for the contagious disease for months.

Three former workers have sued the agency saying they were wrongly fired and made scapegoats.