NINETY SIX, S.C. (WVOC/AP) - Nearly 100 people have now been affected by the state's worst tuberculosis outbreak in a decade.
Another 25 people have had positive skin tests for TB, making 99 affected by tuberculosis in Greenwood County.
But The State newspaper is reporting that health officials say the latest cases are mostly relatives or close associates of two school employees suspected of spreading the disease germ.
The newspaper says according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, there a number of family members who have had contact with the two employees but do not work at or attend Ninety Six Primary School.
And health officials say it's important to note that none in the latest group have been found to be contagious.
DHEC is stressing that only the two school employees, now quarantined, are considered infectious with TB.
The majority of the rest have only tested positive for the germ and, if treated, should not come down with the illness.
Many parents of students have criticized the health agency for not informing them sooner about the TB situation, and several lawsuits have been filed against DHEC and education officials, charging that people were unnecessarily exposed to the person originally infected.
But DHEC insists it has handled the outbreak properly.
The school district says it is having buildings at Ninety Six Primary School sanitized, and will pay for anyone who wants to get tested.