There has been no word on who the carrier is but I’m betting on an illegal Mexican.
DHEC: Original TB carrier detained, confined
Hundreds tested in connection to Ninety Six Primary TB outbreak
GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. —The person identified by the Department of Health and Environmental Control to be the carrier who started a tuberculosis outbreak at an Upstate school has been detained by officials, according to a DHEC release.
The person, referred to be DHEC as the “host” or “index patient,” was detained Thursday and transported to a secure medical facility where the patient will be confined for continued medical treatment.
DHEC says the detention will be for 30 days, or until such time as the patient is no longer considered to be infectious.
The order, issued by DHEC Director Catherine Templeton, was based on “noncompliance with the Public Health Order issued by DHEC on May 30, 2013.”
In Thursday’s release, DHEC also updated the numbers of those tested in connection to the TB outbreak at Ninety Six Primary School. The new totals are: 546 skin tests performed (59 staff, 487 students), 63 positive skin tests (10 staff, 53 students) and 11 abnormal chest X-rays (one staff, 10 students).