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160 people at SC high school tested for TB

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) - About 160 people at a South Carolina high school have been tested for tuberculosis after someone who was at the school earlier this year contracted the disease.

The Greenville News reported Friday that someone who was at the school between January and May has been diagnosed with the lung disease.

Principal JF Dalton Lucas Jr. said the person wasn't identified as a student or a staff member. There were no other details about the exposure.

The tests were provided by the health department.

Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Adam Myrick says many people test positive for TB but do not have the active disease. He says those who test positive and have symptoms are put into treatment. Those who test positive without symptoms get a chest X-ray for evaluation.

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