Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Multi-drug Resistant TB Threat

ATLANTA - A man with a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis ignored doctors' advice and took two trans-Atlantic flights, leading to the first U.S. government-ordered quarantine since 1963. The man, whom officials did not identify, is at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital in respiratory isolation.

He was potentially infectious at the time of the flights, so officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended medical exams for cabin crew members on those flights, as well as passengers sitting in the same rows or within two rows.

What do you think should happen to people who endanger the lives of innocent people? Should he be prosecuted? I read recently that another resistant TB patient was quarantined who refused to take his medication. Should the needs of the many overrule the needs of one patient's freedoms?

What say you?

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