CDC Seeks Those Who Sat Near TB Patient

Health officials in North America and Europe are trying to track down airline passengers who sat near man infected with dangerous drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.


Instead, on May 24, the man flew from Rome to Prague on Czech Air Flight 0727. From Prague, the couple left for Montreal the same day, aboard Czech Air Flight 0104, according to CDC officials.

The man then drove into the United States at Champlain, N.Y. He told the newspaper he was afraid that if he did not get back to the U.S., he wouldn't get the treatment he needed to survive.

He was held at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital under the first federal quarantine order since the government quarantined a patient with smallpox in 1963. A sheriff's deputy was assigned to guard him, though he is not facing prosecution, health officials said.

A spokesman for Denver's National Jewish Hospital, which specializes in respiratory disorders, said Wednesday that the man would be treated there.

Dr. Charles Daley, head of the infectious disease division at National Jewish, said the hospital has treated two other patients with what appears to be the same strain of tuberculosis since 2000, although that strain had not been identified and named at the time. He said the patients had improved enough to be released.

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Associated Press writers Daniel Yee in Atlanta and Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.

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On the Net:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/

Public Health Agency of Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/


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