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Lawsuits Filed Over SC Tuberculosis Outbreak

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GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Several lawsuits have been filed against education officials and the Department of Health and Environmental Control over a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood County school.

The lawsuits accuse officials of unnecessarily exposing others to the person who was originally infected.

The school district also said Wednesday it would pay for anyone who wanted to get tested and is also having buildings at Ninety Six Primary School sanitized.

Since May, more than 600 people associated with the school have been tested for tuberculosis. Of those, 74 have tested positive for exposure to the disease, and a dozen have developed tuberculosis.

Two adults have contagious tuberculosis. One is confined at home. DHEC director Catherine Templeton has ordered the other confined to a medical lockdown unit until the infection passes.

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