Positive outcome from TB testing process at Wallace Elementary

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Duplin County Schools receive a positive outcome from the tuberculosis testing process, officials said.

The staff of the Duplin County Health Department, North Carolina Division of Public Health and Duplin County Schools has been instrumental in their response to the recent Tuberculosis concern at Wallace Elementary.

Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, Health Director for the Duplin County Health Department, stated this week that “The investigation has been completed within the school system and no problems were identified for the students and staff at WALE”.

“This has been a true collaborative effort with everyone involved and we are grateful for the diligent work and direction put in place to complete the testing process with accuracy while keeping the health and safety of our students and staff, a top priority. We are thankful and very blessed with this outcome and we appreciate the amazing support of everyone involved including our DCS Student Support Staff, administrators, school nurses, parents, students, and our entire community,” said Dr. Austin Obasohan,
Superintendent for Duplin County Schools.

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Duplin County Schools officials said that a very small number of individuals at Wallace Elementary School and Wallace Rose Hill High School were exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

According to a release, officials are working closely with the public health staff at Duplin County Health Department, who is working in conjunction with North Carolina Health Services, to contact those individuals who may have been exposed and to ensure that they receive appropriate testing and treatment.

The vast majority of employees and students will not be contacted, and do not need any testing or treatment for TB.

While it is important for the Duplin community to be aware of this exposure, a relatively small number of persons are likely to have been exposed, and no one is at immediate risk of any health problems.

TB is a disease that generally develops over weeks to months, and it is completely curable with medications.

The staff at Duplin County Health Department has been very diligent in the process and we are very appreciative of their support.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding this exposure, please contact the Duplin County Health Department.

For more information about tuberculosis click here.

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