A woman with drug-resistant TB flew into Chicago and put fellow passengers at risk.
City Pages recently ran an article about Minnesota suffering an increase in TB cases at a time when the disease is on the decline nationally. Now comes word that a 30-year-old Sunnyvale, California, woman put 44 passengers from 17 states at risk by flying knowing she had drug-resistant TB (shades of Andrew Speaker). Money quote:
"She certainly knew she had TB," said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the public health officer for Santa Clara County, Calif. "She had symptoms [coughing and fever] when she was on the plane. Was she advised not to travel? I don't know."