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Border security, TB and pandemic flu

I’m just about done with the TB incident. I’ve said what I had to say (here, here, here and here) about the incident itself and TB on a plane in general. The one thing left is the significance for pandemic flu prevention.

TB on a plane. Checking the evidence.

What do we know about transmission of tuberculosis on an airplane? Not much, apparently. There is very little literature on it and not a single case of active TB has ever been traced to an airplane contact. On the other hand, it isn’t very easy to estimate the risks. The only way you can do…

I’m going to defend the poor guy who flew on a commercial airliner against CDC advice. The one now in the National Jewish Hospital in Denver being treated for XDR-TB. Someone has to, so it might as well be me. He made a big mistake and the consequences are catastrophic for him and his family.…

I’m not a lawyer and I don’t play one on TV. But I think I know the difference between quarantine and isolation, and the widespread media reports that the Georgia resident with XDR-TB was the first person “quarantined” by the US government since 1963 didn’t make sense. Quarantine means to segregate and possibly confine people…

TB joins the Mile High Club

It was only last week we posted about XDR-TB. Yesterday CDC warned passengers on two international flights — Air France 385, Atlanta to Paris on May 12 and Czech Air 104, Prague to Canada on May 24 — they may have been infected by another passenger who had Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB). Reportedly authorities…