Unless the national media sheds light on this outbreak, DHEC and Ninety-six Primary School will continue to treat this outbreak the wrong way and try to cover it up like they have been.
So far, 63 people have been infected with the bacteria, eleven of those had abnormal chest x-rays. 53 of these are primary school students are under the age of 10. Tests confirm that at least two people have a contagious form of the illness. Local news has been covering the story nightly, but if national media doesn't get a hold of this story, DHEC could continue to cover this up.
According to WSPA 7 News, school board chairman Sam Corley and member Paul Cobb said Friday that the board had some "suspicion" of an infectious disease as early as late March, but they hinted that DHEC kept them quiet. The "index patient", a faculty member, in the Upstate tuberculosis outbreak has been detained as part of an Emergency Public Health Order by state health officials, but by now the number of unknowingly infected could be in the hundreds, or even thousands.
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which usually attack the lungs, kidneys, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal. Tuberculosis spreads through the air from one person to another when the infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby breathe in the bacteria and get infected. Why would a faculty member refuse treatment for 4 months and infect children?
National Media and Federal Government: Please show coverage of this outbreak. Without it, DHEC and Ninety-six Primary School can continue to cover this up.