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Recording shows 'frustration' with state on TB outbreak response

NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenwood School District 52 has released an audio recording from a nurse who said she was fired from DHEC for her handling of a tuberculosis outbreak.

The audio recording was made before the outbreak became public and before the nurse said she was fired.

The school district said Malinda Martin left the message with Superintendent Dr. Mark Peterson on April 17.

"[I] just wanted to get back with you and let you know that - I'm so sorry, I am just so frustrated, I've not heard anything," said Martin in the voicemail. "We've gotten all the information together and sent it to our central office. I am so, so sorry, but we're working on it. I just feel terrible. I know you're anxious, I'm anxious. We just don't know answers about anything just right now. But I've asked them. They know that we need to know. I just wanted to get back with you, and let you know that I am very sorry."

Martin said she was DHEC's Upstate program director for TB before she was fired at the end of May. She said she was told she was fired for her handling of the TB outbreak at Ninety Six Primary School, which left dozens of students and staff at the school with tuberculosis infection or tuberculosis disease.

"They were trying to do the right thing," said Martin's lawyer, John Reckenbeil. "They were begging for help."

Reckenbeil represents two other nurses, Latrinia Richard and Anne Ashley, who also claim they were fired in the wake of the TB outbreak.

Martin, Richard and Ashley are all suing DHEC for wrongful termination, claiming the state DHEC office botched the handling of the outbreak.

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