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CDC describes its No Fly list — sort of

Generals are often said to be fighting the last war and public health officials likewise are managing the last crisis. At the end of May 2007 we had the notorious flying lawyer with TB flap (see our multiple posts here), so in June 2007 CDC quietly instituted their public health version of the “No Fly”…

A lot of things that seem on first glance to be “news” are really just reprints or slight edits of press releases written to tout a commercial product. This is also true of “Newsletters” that charge money for inside news.

Was the TB lawyer a pawn in a budget ploy?

The American Journal Constitution has a story today wondering if the notorious TB lawyer (see our posts here) that caused an international ruckus because he flew against medical advice (the evidence is a bit obscure on this point) may have been part of a CDC ploy to get increased funding for its TB program. I…

TB to go doesn’t go anywhere

It is not news that the Atlanta lawyer who had/didn’t have Extremely Drug Resistant TB early in the year didn’t infect anyone when he flew — against advice or was it against orders? — from Europe back to the US via Canada and through New York despite a no fly (or not?) order from CDC…

Immigrants and TB: not a threat

Immigrants traditionally get blamed for a country’s ills and historically they have been feared for their ability to bring disease as well. The recent cases of the traveling lawyer (and here, passim)and the Mexican businessman with TB raised concerns that tuberculosis would be brought to the US or other low TB incidence countries by immigrants…

For whatever reason, TB control is back on the front burner. TB remains a worldwide scourge and has always had a dedicated cadre of public health professionals battling it. Now they are getting some new ammunition and reinforcements. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is weighing in with a substantial $280 million five year program,…

Walking TB blues

The walking TB problem is in the news again. This time it’s not a well to do lawyer from Atlanta but a Mexican born resident of Norcross, Georgia, a healthy appearing teen ager told last Friday he had tuberculosis and would have to undergo treatment. We don’t know exactly what he was said to him…

TB but not the TB they thought

It now turns out that the XDR-TB case which caused such an uproar last month (see our posts here) wasn’t XDR-TB at all but MDR-TB, a treatable form of the disease:

TB and the police state

This was the kind of fallout from the TB case I was most concerned about:

The TB guy. Others weigh in.

My defense of the TB guy has drawn a lot of traffic and some of the comments imply my view is colored by a case of misplaced compassion. Since I’m a physician I won’t shy away from being called compassionate. Whether true or not in my case, it is a desirable trait for a doctor…