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South Carolina's Mishandling of Tuberculosis Outbreak Results in Infections, Firings and Lawsuits

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South Carolina public health officials gravely mishandled a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak at a rural elementary school, said the director of the state's largest public health agency on Tuesday, and four people have been fired.

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Carrie B (306)
Friday July 19, 2013, 6:55 pm
This is quite frightening! I spent eight months on meds for the active form of TB after being infected by a co-worker in a dental office. Believe it was not fun and led to some of my long term health problems. I feel very sad for the children who have to take the really strong medications prescribed.

Helen Porter (39)
Friday July 19, 2013, 7:01 pm
People used to come to Arizona to recover from T B.

Now, people come to Arizona and get allergies.

'Cept me. I don't have allergies.

I think my healthy eating together with overdosing on vitamin C scares away those allergies.

I am grateful.

Helen Porter (39)
Friday July 19, 2013, 7:06 pm
I just got that little message that tells me I can't receive any more butterflies for leaving comments because I've already got all the points I'm going to get.

REALLY! Does Care2 think we sign petitions and leave comments to get their butterflies? If so, they don't know their members very well.

Or do they?

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I want to say to any VIPs who may be listening in....."thank you".

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Friday July 19, 2013, 7:11 pm
AND I am going to keep on signing petitions and leaving comments.

I have 5 "finders" whom I'm supporting. Without our finders we couldn't have Care2.

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Carrie B (306)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:09 pm
Wow Zee, I have never heard of that before. Too many comments? Never! Did you misunderstand, maybe?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:20 pm
No, Carrie, she's right. i've had that too. It will go away at midnight (I think that is central time). It never stopped me frojm leaving a comment either. I don't always. I do when I am passionate.

Jason S (50)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:20 pm
Good posting, thanks

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:26 pm
OMG this is Typhoid Mary all over again except now it's TB Mario. Based on what is presented in the article, I'm thinking the three nurses are getting a bum rap, although the Columbia TB agency director clearly deserved firing. At least.

Carrie B (306)
Friday July 19, 2013, 9:55 pm
Well at least you still get to leave comments~even if you don't get more well deserved stars!

TomCat S (129)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:39 am
That's what happens when when Republicans take the money intended for the people's needs and give it to the 1%.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:01 am
Thank you, Carrie, for this frightening news! (n, p, t)

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:03 pm
Dam* I leave some of my best comments after midnight - just getting going good about then. Woder why they cut us off...Won't matter; will still leave comments at all hrs.
Interesting article - didn't know there were still outbreaks of TB in US Is there a shot, can't remember? . Noted and thank you.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 9:15 pm
No shot for TB, but there is a skin test to see if you have it. A positive TB test does not mean you have active TB~a chest x-ray can determine that. In my case I did not have active TB, but since I didn't want to take the chance that it would become active, I took the powerful medication for eight long months. Once you have had a positive TB test you will always show positive.
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