30 May 2007

well isn't that lovely?

I hope nobody got infected... yuck. I also hope that this guy didn't know he was infected before getting on both flights. Because if he did know, you then have the question of to what extent he was actually planning on infecting others and then all the bioterrorism FUD... just what we all need... (NOT)

US in TB flight infection warning
US health officials have quarantined a man who may have exposed passengers on board two trans-Atlantic flights to a dangerous form of tuberculosis.

Officials say crew and passengers on the same flights, from Atlanta to Paris and from Prague to Montreal this month, should be checked for the infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the illness as "extensively drug-resistant TB".

It is the first such federal quarantine order to be issued in over 44 years.

The last such order was issued in 1963, to quarantine a patient with smallpox, according to the CDC.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs. It is spread through the air and can lead to symptoms such as chest pain and coughing up blood.

There were an estimated 1.6 million deaths from TB in 2005, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

'At risk'

The infected man travelled from Atlanta to Paris on 12 May on Air France flight 385. He returned to the North America on CSA flight 104 from Prague to Montreal on 24 May.

He continued his journey in the US by car and is now under quarantine in hospital, according to the WHO.

CDC officials said the man was potentially infectious during this period and are recommending that crew members and passengers on board the same flights seek medical attention.

"We want to make sure that we have done everything we possibly can to identify people who could be at risk," said Dr Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC.

TB is rare in the US. Last year there were 13,767 recorded cases or 4.6 cases per 100,000 Americans.

About 1.2% of cases in the US are "multidrug-resistant", and can withstand antibiotics commonly used to treat the illness, according to CDC statistics.

The "extensively drug-resistant" TB is more dangerous. Medical treatment can cost $500,000 (£250,000) or more, CDC officials say.


Anonymous said...

From AOL's version of this story: "I'm a very well-educated, successful, intelligent person," he told the paper. "This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I've cooperated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy thing."

Considering that he was willing to put a LOT of people at risk in order to satisfy his own self-serving purposes, I'd say he deserves considerable more than one armed guard. Where's the shackles? He knew he had the dangerous form of TB yet he traveled for his wedding and honeymoon anyways. He was informed of his quarantine and isolation status, yet he blatantly went ahead and got on another airplane anyways, and did it covertly sneaking back to the U.S. through Canada. While I typically would not wish on any person truly bad things (certain terrorists excluded), anyone with the amount of egotistical arrogance that this idiot has is most certainly a candidate to deserve to have his treatment fail.

The human gene pool would be a much better place for it.

Anonymous said...

This person should be prosecuted for attempted murder or at the very least mayhem because of the extreme damage the desease can cause. He deserved to have treatment before he became an terrorist, now he deserves nothing except contempt for his selfish actions. In today's world of "me first" it is not surprising.

feitpingvin said...

Actually, I just got some information from a health care professional. TB isn't so virulent that you can catch it if someone coughs with you; you need long-term exposure to someone who is infected to catch it. So it looks like the CDC is going a bit far with their fear mongering...