Students, staff at Conway High to be tested for TB after confirmed case

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CONWAY, South Carolina — Authorities say that students and staff at Conway High School will be tested for tuberculosis after a student developed the disease.

Media outlets report that the student became ill last week and Horry County school officials were notified Monday after the case was reported to state health officials.

The district has identified more than 100 students and staff who came in contact with the student. TB tests will be administered Friday, although district spokeswoman Teal Harding said not all those who came in contact with the student will choose to be tested.

Tuberculosis affects the lungs, kidney or spine and can be treated with antibiotics. Airborne germs can be spread by someone with active symptoms, such as fever, coughing and chest pain.

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