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DHEC alerts Stratford parents to TB case at school

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- The state Department of Health and Environmental Control on Wednesday sent letters to parents of Stratford High School students alerting them to a case of Tuberculosis at the school. 

According to the Berkeley County School District, 137 students will require Tuberculosis testing. In a revised estimate on Thursday, district officials said 176 students, faculty and staff members were recommended for Tuberculosis testing by DHEC.

DHEC said in a release to media that they learned of the case Monday.

According to one letter sent to parents, the student is no longer at the school, but students who may have been exposed to the germ that causes TB will be getting a follow-up letter for testing. 

The school reportedly reached out to parents about the positive TB case through the school's parent notification system.

"This is how our schools should respond when notified of a health threat. We applaud Superintendent Thompson and the school board for their wisdom to notify the parents as soon as the lab confirmed the case," said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton.

DHEC said children who do not get letters do not need to be tested.

The follow-up letter tells parents that they are recommending anyone who had contact with the unnamed student get tested. However, testing can only happen with parental permission, DHEC said. 

On Tuesday, a DHEC medical staff met with the patient to find out how many people may have been exposed. On Wednesday, the state health agency got confirmation that the patient did have Tuberculosis. 

"Because the patient is a student, DHEC is working closely with school officials to determine where others could potentially have been exposed, such as the student's bus and classrooms," the DHEC release reads. 

However, the school district said on Thursday that the last day the student was enrolled at the school was Nov. 25, 2013, adding that the student does not have any siblings who would have been exposing students to Tuberculosis at Stratford's feeder schools.

DHEC will be at Stratford on Friday to conduct free TB testing through a blood test known as a TSpot. 

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