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Infectious diseases and the no-fly list

With the news that a man infected with a resistant strain of TB was allowed to fly to Europe and back, I’m wondering why this man wasn’t put on the TSA‘s no fly list. ABC News reported on World News with Charlie Gibson that the man was advised by the CDC that he should not fly, but he decided to anyway.

The public health officers of the CDC have the authority to have a person who they believe to be a threat to public safety arrested and confined but they didn’t.  The reason:  they didn’t know that the strain that he’s infected with was as resistant then.  Apparently, they didn’t see the need to confine him.  They do now, though.

I guess the question I have is that if he was infectious at all, why was he just given an “advisory” not to travel.  If people critical of Bush can find their way onto the no-fly list, why can’t people who pose not just a health hazard to others but also a genuine security threat to America and other nations?

CDC Issues Tuberculosis Warning | TIME


Written by Jeff

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 5:51 pm

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