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S.C. Senators Looking Into Tuberculosis Outbreak

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators are set to question the director of the state’s public health agency about its botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak in Greenwood County.

The Senate Medical Affairs Committee is looking into why it took more than two months for the agency to notify the public and begin testing children after health officials learned that a school janitor had the contagious disease.

Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Templeton has acknowledged the agency messed up. Templeton fired several employees because of the missteps, saying they violated policies and didn’t consider the situation urgent.

She is first on the agenda of Thursday’s hearing. Others set to testify are the Greenwood District 62 superintendent and a Ninety-Six Primary School parent.

A dozen people are being treated.

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