Georgia Man in Quarantine with Rare TB

Georgia Man in Quarantine with Rare TB

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal health officials say a Georgia 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 is at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital in respiratory isolation. Officials say he was told in early May that he had a form of TB that is resistant to first-line antibiotics and was advised NOT to travel to Europe.

In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he says he has no symptoms and feels healthy. The man, who declined to be identified by name, told the newspaper that officials knew about the infection when he told them about his upcoming wedding in Greece, but they did not prohibit him from traveling.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended medical exams for cabin crew members on those flights,
as well as passengers within two rows. CDC officials said the airlines were working with health officials to contact those passengers.

The infected man flew from Atlanta to Paris on May 12th aboard Air France Flight 385. He returned to North America on May 24th aboard Czech Air Flight 0104 from Prague to Montreal. He then drove into the United States.

Tests indicated the amount of TB bacteria in him was low, so passengers are not considered to be at high risk of infection.

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