How Irresponsible! How Selfish! How Prepared?
Posted by bosskitty on May 30, 2007
XDR TB was recently defined as a subtype of multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis. It often proves fatal.
The man’s tuberculosis had been diagnosed before his departure, but he disregarded his doctors’ recommendation that he not travel, she said. “The patient had compelling reasons for traveling and made the decision to go ahead and meet those personal responsibilities,” she said, adding that federal authorities did not know until he had left the country that he had the rare form of the disease. The man himself may not have known either, she said.
“During these two long flights, the patient may have been a source of infection to the passengers,” Gerberding told reporters.
I don’t know which is worse, the doctor who was too ineffective to convince his patient or the patient who was too selfish to consider the hazard he posed to fellow travelers.
For years, books, news stories, documentaries and even movies have alerted the public to travelers spreading deadly virus, bacteria and communicable diseases. Obviously no one takes this information seriously. Where is the CDC & WHO & Homeland Security in this story? Quote this administration, “Homeland Security is prepared”. Oh yeah? Is this infected person al Qaeda or just a selfish dumb ass? Who is taking responsibility? What are the consequences?
Why worry about al Qaeda bombing the USA when all they have to do is infect ONE stupid air traveller?
UPDATE: Read the Complete Text of CDC Briefing