Skip to comments.TB infected man coming to Denver ( from Atlanta's CDC )
Posted on 05/30/2007 8:43:23 AM PDT by george76
A man diagnosed with a rare strain of tuberculosis will be flown to Denver for treatment at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center.
This morning, officials at Denvers National Jewish Medical and Research Center werent sure when the now world-famous TB patient would arrive for treatment.
"I think theyre still figuring out how hes going to get here," said hospital spokesman William Allstetter. The unidentified patient was transferred from New York to Atlanta on a CDC airplane.
Allstetter stressed that National Jewish, which is world renown for treatment of respiratory and immune disorders, is well-prepared to handle the case.
"We treat about a half dozen very drug-resistant TB cases a year," Allstetter said. "The doctors know how to take care and isolate people and weve never had any trouble with people contracting that disease (from a TB patient like the Atlanta-area man)."
The patient will be treated in a isolation ward thats specially pressurized so air only flows into that the room, he said. Air within the room is pumped through a filter where ultra violet light kills any airborne bacteria.
(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...
He may have a *cough*
A man with a form of tuberculosis so dangerous he is under the first U.S. government-ordered quarantine since 1963 told a newspaper he took one trans-Atlantic flight for his wedding and honeymoon and another because he feared for his life.
The man told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that while doctors told him they preferred that he put off his long-planned wedding in Greece, they didn’t order him not to fly.
He knew that he had tuberculosis, but didn’t think he was a danger, he said.
“We headed off to Greece thinking everything’s fine,” said the man, who declined to be identified in the newspaper because of the stigma attached to his diagnosis.
‘The unidentified patient ‘
Why is this 2007 version of Typhoid Mary granted anonymity?
Health officials worry about “multidrug-resistant” TB, which can withstand the mainline antibiotics isoniazid and rifampin. The man was infected with something even worse — “extensively drug-resistant” TB, also called XDR-TB, which resists many drugs used to treat the infection.
There have been 17 U.S. XDR-TB cases since 2000, according to CDC statistics.
It shouldn’t be too hard for any competent news organization to identify this guy, we know most of his itinerary, we know he got married in Greece, we know he flew back to Montreal, rented a car and drove to New York. Lots of fodder for investigative reporters, if any of them are interested in a challenge.
Denver...just like in The Stand.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to quarantine his new bride for a few weeks as well?
This idiot was told not to travel in Europe and yet he took flights anyway to Canada then drove across the border into the U.S. so he could get married. Way to go! A public stoning sounds about right!
If we get Hillary’s ‘free’ health care here, then there will be another flood of illegals from all over the world.
Coffin? Urn? Why are they moving him, what is the risk assessment madness in that? Oh, unlimited tax dollar budget.
a good idea to quarantine his new bride for a few weeks as well?
This seems confusing if he was legal :
Montreal, rented a car and drove to New York
Illegals and the 'poor' already get free health care. Just go to the emergency room some night to see ...
This strain often arises naturally from cases of ordinary TB, as the bug develops resistance to the drugs being used to treat it. This is probably not a case of an imported disease.
‘It shouldnt be too hard for any competent news organization to identify this guy, we know most of his itinerary, we know he got married in Greece, we know he flew back to Montreal, rented a car and drove to New York. Lots of fodder for investigative reporters, if any of them are interested in a challenge.’
I know, which then causes you to wonder how it is ALL OF THEM seem to have decided at the same time not to identify the man.
It begs the question “Where did HE get the TB from?” must have been someone else here in the states, I hope they grill him on this.
He flew to Montreal because, after numerous contacts with CDC, he knew he’d be taken into custody if he flew into a U.S. airport. So he flew to Montreal, rented a car, drove across the border where they weren’t especially looking for him, and drove to New York. Makes sense to me. But I would like to know who he is, if he is an immigrant, and what his passport says about his trip. From what I’ve heard so far, he is a selfish little s**t who didn’t give a damn about infecting countless numbers of his fellow human beings with a deadly disease. Needs to be outed.
If some think that health care is expensive now, wait until it is free !
( I forgot the author )
Imagine a few infected jihadis and the havoc they could cause if they decided to try such a thing...
One can hardly blame him for thinking he wasn’t dangerous, since the CDC showed no interest in putting him in quarantine until they found out he was in Europe. Why does he suddenly need to be in quarantine, when before his honeymoon he was free to roam around the US, get into cars and public transport vehicles with other people, sit next to strangers in movie theaters, etc., all while the CDC knew full well what he had?
Apparently it is often imported by sick Russians from Siberia.
( So much for their ‘free’ health care )
He could have gotten married anywhere.
From the hotel workers in Greece to fellow airline passengers, etc. now all have to be checked ?
Sneaking across the border was lovely.
I read another story about this same form of TB and it's really horrible.
I wonder how he got across the border.
Shouldnt his girlfriend be locked up too?
I was thinking myself, that this was intentional. Probably get flamed for it, but sending infected persons is an easier way to spread a bio weapon than other methods of dispersal, especially in a confined long term situation like that.
He should be tried for attempted murder.
He rented a car.
No apparent reports of visa / passport issues ?
I wonder if they are all being sensitive to the HIPAA regulation fear. I think they can get away with outing him based on his travels if they find out who had the particular itinerary that the CDC revealed. But they will have a hard time with medical personnel revealing names of high profile patients. Who knows!
Is this person a US citizen? If not, why are we paying for all this treatment and transportation for him - why not just deport him? Just asking.
But the fact that we let this guy get on a plane and later cross over the border is probably telling the bad guys plenty.
That's a very good question, especially since we may have had more legal recourse available if we were dealing with someone who was here illegally.
We have not seen any reports of his name, citizenship, etc. yet.
If he is illegal he will get the best of care.......for free. And drug resistant TB is NOT cheap to treat. We are already doing it for other illegals.
Let me look for an article.
Do you think that this was another government screw-up to let him run around before the wedding ?
and then panic after the wedding ?
Are there medical reasons that he was ‘good to go’ last week but not this week ?
‘I wonder if they are all being sensitive to the HIPAA regulation fear. I think they can get away with outing him based on his travels if they find out who had the particular itinerary that the CDC revealed. But they will have a hard time with medical personnel revealing names of high profile patients. Who knows!’
That would be of small comfort to those infected. I’ve heard its a 50% fatality rate.
Yeah, but what’s with those border guards? What did he show them for ID?
Wonder what they’re doing with the XDR TB infected illegals coming across the southern border?
Was his name Mohammed or Abdul by chance? There is the possibility of terrorists sending their diseased within our borders.
1) Yes. 2) Yes. 3) If there are, the CDC sure hasn’t mentioned them. And it’s hard to see how they’d be in a position to notice a change in his condition while he was in Rome!
Yes, he is a US citizen. That info has been on the CDC website since the story broke.
“...quarantine his new bride...”
Who’d be stupid enough to marry someone in this condition? He’d have to wear a mask anytime he’s within six feet of her. Not tonight honey, I have a headache.
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