Posted 2007-06-01 10:34 AM (#578119 - in reply to #578085) Subject: RE: Hmmmm... All is not as it seems.
Your premise is incorrect.
He knew he had TB PRIOR to going to Europe. He and his father say that they have a taped recording where the doctors/CDC say it is not advised that he travel to Europe, but he isn't contagious so they aren't ordering him not to go. The doctors also admit that they are "covering themselves" by saying he shouldn't go. Very strange.
"An Atlanta lawyer infected with a rare, often fatal form of tuberculosis said Friday he has a recording made before he flew to Europe that shows health officials told him he was not a risk to others.
In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America," Andrew Speaker, 31, said his father asked health officials whether Speaker was a risk to anyone, and health officials said he was not. "My dad taped it," he said.
Fulton County, Georgia, health officials have said they told Speaker before his trip not to fly."
Once he was in Europe and the final tests were completed in the states it was found that he had the drug resistant form of TB. He was then told not to fly home and his passport was flagged. Too bad the customs official ignored the flag.
While in Europe his father-in-law gave hims some "fatherly" advice about what to do.
Where does it say that he will make a full recovery? The last I read is that he will be undergoing treatment for around 18 months. Which means it is a little early to be predicting a full recovery. Also, just because he wasn't coughing doesn't mean that he can not transmit the disease. Sure the probability of transfer is low, but the magnitude is very high (even the best treatment only saves half of the people with this strain of TB).