Extreme TB patient slips through aircraft surveillance net


IN JUNE an American, Andrew Speaker, caused a media storm by flying from Europe to Canada, while supposedly infected with extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB). It turned out to be a more treatable strain and none of his fellow passengers became infected. However, back in October 2006, another man who genuinely was a threat flew unnoticed from Beirut, Lebanon, to Paris, France. Unlike Speaker, he was coughing up bacteria-laden sputum, and died 10 days later of XDR-TB that had resisted nine drugs – possibly due to poorly managed treatment in Chechnya,
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