Director of SC agency apologizes again for TB case

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's public health agency again apologized for a botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak in Greenwood County that left residents in the dark for months.

The Senate Medical Affairs Committee grilled Director Catherine Templeton on Thursday about why it took so long for the agency to notify the public and begin testing children after health officials learned that a school janitor likely had the contagious disease.

Templeton said the employee was immediately removed from Ninety-Six Primary in March. But she agreed the follow-up was too slow. Templeton says she addressed the problem after learning about it in late May and fired four people responsible.

But parent Robin Cobb says agency communication continues to be poor.

Officials assured parents the school is safe for students to return.

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