TB Patient, Family Ties Revealed

Atlanta lawyer's father-in-law is a CDC researcher
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2007 4:04 PM CDT
TB Patient, Family Ties Revealed
William Allstetter, a spokesman for National Jewish Medical and Research Center, points to the hospital as he describes the treatment that a Georgia patient with drug-resistant tuberculosis will receive in Denver during a news conference at the hospital on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The patient under...   (Associated Press)

The quarantined tuberculosis patient is an Atlanta lawyer who recently married the daughter of a CDC TB researcher, CNN reports. Andrew Speaker, 31, took a private plane to Denver today to be treated for extremely drug-resistant TB, or XDR TB. Microbiologist Robert Cooksey says he knew of his son-in-law's infection and offered "fatherly advice" but no official counsel.

A spokesman for the Denver hospital where Speaker will undergo treatment said he arrived wearing a mask and escorted by US marshals. Meanwhile, the CDC is tracking down passengers who shared a plane with Speaker after he ignored advice and flew to and from Europe for his wedding and honeymoon this month despite knowing that he was infected. (Read more Tuberculosis stories.)

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