Globe-trotting TB patient outrunning the US government

I’m not blaming anyone because who knows what really happened (did they really tell the guy he couldn’t travel or is he telling the truth that no one told him explicitly?), but this story is making headlines all over.

I read somewhere that one person with TB gets 20 other people sick in a year. At least they say he wasn’t too contagious…

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  1. Cat says:

    This man is selfish and irresponsible. He is an educated fellow and works as a personal injury attorney, not to mention, his father-in-law is a TB specialist at the CDC and he has the nerve to feign innocence and ignorance?! Please, America isn’t that stupid. Can you say lawsuit.

  2. Cello says:

    This individual is completely self-centered, irresponsible, terrorist like who doesn’t give a dam to others. His plea for forgiveness and apologies are nothing else but manipulative moves to free himself from his accountability. He should be prosecuted along with the border agents involved for manslaughter and sentenced accordingly.

  3. katze says:

    If everyone is getting so bent out of shape about him flying what about the other sick people who fly everyday. I know people who have flown with the flu. Why don’t we punish them too? They could get someone else sick and that person could die, but no one really cares about that. Let’s just ban everyone that has an infectious disease from flying, I think that would be completely fair. Then we wouldn’t have to worry anymore about our health when flying.

  4. Sharon says:

    It would be nice if we could identify everyone who has an infectious disease, or is a carrier,or has been exposed, etc.,..but just how to do that is another issue. Install computers at airport check-ins to run medical alerts..and then, computers go down, employees not sure how to use them,or too shorthanded to bother, etc., etc. True enough, the guy should have felt some moral obligation to his family and fellow passengers, but he didn’t. It boils down to a case of he said, they said. As far as manslaughter, that’s a bit extreme; we don’t even know if anyone else has contracted TB as a result.. Our homeland security, borders, is another problem, but one that has been put on the back burner..too many miles of border to protect, not enough manpower, no money, lots of excuses/reasons. Definitely, the Canadian border agents should have stopped him, but they didn’t..

  5. christina rodgers says:

    I personaly think this person is very selfish to put so many people at risk,knowing that thousand of people died from this disease. My exhusband had tb Iam still caring the tb germ in my body if my body gets weak i may come up with a full case of tb

  6. Lavender says:

    Who knows who is telling the truth. The latest news say that he might not even have TB bacteria in his sputum so if he had been coughing it would not be contagious. Maybe he was told that traveling is not of great risk but then again maybe he is just so selfish, ignorant, and arrogant that he thinks nothing of it. Since the media blows things out of proportion and there are already too many people involved I guess we will never find out the truth. One person blames the other because nobody wants to take the responsibility…

  7. PW says:

    1200 people die each day from smoking related illnesses in the US…and we’re bent out of shape by the extremely unlikely prospect of one guy transmitting a slowly progressive CURABLE disease….OK, that’s a bad thing but where are the priorities for our public outrage. Once again our nation is showing its medical sophistication to be a farce. AND those 1200 people affect all of us because they cost millions of dollars in our system.

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