TB Patient Sparks Public Health Scare
June 15, 2007 A man infected with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis remains in isolation in a Denver hospital, preparing to undergo surgery to treat his illness. One of his doctors discusses plans for treating him, his prognosis, and the state of new drug development for infectious diseases.
June 13, 2007 CDC scientists tracing tuberculosis cases use genetic analysis to hunt for a chain of transmission they might not catch through traditional shoe-leather epidemiology. The method has real benefits: They found that several apparently unrelated cases were traceable to a bar that all of the TB patients had frequented.
June 9, 2007 The number of cases of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis has been increasing, some due to treatment failure and others because of direct transmission. Paul Thorn became infected with drug-resistant TB during a hospital stay and was treated for three years before he was cured.
June 7, 2007 Capitol Hill held hearings Wednesday on TB patient Andrew Speaker's transatlantic trips last month, which had sparked an international public health scare. While the hearings provided some answers, there are still major discrepancies between Speaker's account and that of health officials.
June 5, 2007 Two congressional committees will have hearings Wednesday on federal officials' handling of a patient with a rare and deadly form of tuberculosis. The alert system failed to prevent Atlanta attorney Andrew Speaker from leaving and re-entering the country via crowded trans-Atlantic airliners.
June 2, 2007 This week's bizarre news of a transatlantic traveler with tuberculosis raised questions about the microbe that causes the disease. In our regular segment "Science Out of the Box," Dr. Richard Chaisson of Johns Hopkins University explains that the TB bacterium is very slow to replicate, and this slows diagnosis, treatment and research.
June 2, 2007 An American man infected with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis was able to fly to and from Europe, and then drive into the United States over the Canadian border. European authorities were unable to detain him; border guards near upstate New York didn't stop him from re-entering the United States.