Friday, October 19, 2007

It's all about TB-the border.

Remember the media circus surrounding TB Andy? Andy Speaker was the American that was able to travel to Europe and back after being placed on a no-fly list because he was suspected of having an untreatable form of TB. He was since caught and quarantined. But what about the Mexican citizen that has this disease and has traveled in and out of the US at least 76 times in the past year?

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second time this year, the federal government has failed to stop a man infected with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis from traveling in and out of the United States.

U.S. officials this spring were unable to catch a Mexican man infected with the disease because the doctor treating the man did not know his real name, according to a government official who was briefed on the incident but requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The Mexican national traveled to the United States 76 times in the past year, even though Mexican and U.S. authorities knew he was infected with a contagious strain of tuberculosis. However, the Mexican clinic that had been treating the man, which is affiliated with the Texas Health department, unknowingly provided a fake name to U.S. authorities, the official said. The Washington Times first reported the episode in Thursday's editions.

1 comment:

MAX Redline said...

It's yet another example of why we need a fence.