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Officials believe some may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Duplin County schools

Posted September 20, 2019 6:22 p.m. EDT

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— Duplin County Schools and other officials are working to determine if there may have been an exposure of tuberculosis at two of its schools by someone who may have it.

In an email sent out Friday, school officials said: "It has come to our attention that some persons at Wallace Elementary School and Wallace Rose Hill High School may have recently been exposed to an individual with tuberculosis. This exposure is likely to have affected a very small number of individuals."

Officials said they are working with staff at the Duplin County Health Department in conjunction with North Carolina Health Services to reach out to those who may have been exposed so they can get treatment and testing. Only a small number of people were contacted, officials said.

"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​," the statement reads.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Duplin County Health Department at (910) 296-2130.

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