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TB Man's Father-in-Law to be Investigated by the CDC

Robert Cooksey has some explaining to do:

A federal microbiologist, the father-in-law of the man quarantined with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, will be investigated to see how he was involved in the case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.


Andrew Speaker, the first person placed under federal quarantine since 1963, has said he, his doctors and the CDC all knew he had TB that was resistant to some drugs before he flew to Europe for his wedding and honeymoon last month.

Robert Cooksey, whose specialty at the CDC is TB and other bacteria, and who attended his daughter's wedding, has said he provided "fatherly advice" to Speaker about traveling with the illness.

Speaker said he was advised at the time by Fulton County, Ga., health authorities that he was not contagious or a danger to anyone. Officials told him they would prefer he didn't fly, but no one ordered him not to, he said.

Speaker was in Europe when he learned tests showed he had not just TB, but an extremely drug-resistant strain known as XDR.

Federal health officials said Friday that Cooksey had helped to find Speaker and diagnose his condition. They would not give any more information about the investigation.


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Comments (10)

It should be easy to tell i... (Below threshold)
kim:

It should be easy to tell if his strain was from stocks at the CDC.
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I don't believe in coincide... (Below threshold)
SATerp:

I don't believe in coincidences, and this would be one heck of a coincidence. Investigate away!

Where you find one weasel y... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Where you find one weasel you find more.

TB man, now that he has what he needs, is begging forgiveness, crying a river and generally giving excuses for his behavior.

He may or may not have a complaint about the lax warnings on leaving the country. But he knew full well that it was a serious issue on his return or he wouldn't have played those games. He put others lives in jeopardy so he could get back here in the US in the most convenient way for him.

It would be interesting if daddy-in-law was trying to kill him or more likely get him quarantined in Europe. Sounds like a corny TV PI episode. But like I said, where you find one weasel you can find more.

Dude, do you REALLY think h... (Below threshold)
Ray:

Dude, do you REALLY think he wanted you to marry his daughter?

Unless the fellow hated his... (Below threshold)
epador:

Unless the fellow hated his daughter, it seems doubtful he'd infect her intimate paramour. Even if my daughter was engaged to a Personal Injury Attorney, I wouldn't get all homicidal on her.

XDR and MDR TB are unfortunately not that hard to find in the US, and very easy in Eastern Europe/Asia, less so in Africa. HIV infected folks die quickly from this but are fertile hosts and help spread the disease. Drug Abuse and Prostitution are associated with pockets of its spread. Most WASPy rich guys won't admit to contacts with folks that are high risk for carrying this bug.

While its possible there was a deliberate infection of this dud, its far more likely he caught this in the wild. Now if Daddy took dud on a tour of his facility, and dud did something stupid that allowed him to get infected, THAT I'd believe.

So...Either a bunc... (Below threshold)
cirby:

So...

Either a bunch of health officials, plus his own doctors, told him to do something that even the normal guy in the street knows is stupid and wrong, or...

...a personal injury attorney is lying.

Hm.... where to place the odds on this?

What he did wrong is come b... (Below threshold)
kim:

What he did wrong is come back surreptitiously. I doubt many doctors would have forbidden the trip, given that they thought it was under control when he left. There is no excuse for the return and that is primarily his responsibility.

Epador knows about the strain. I'll bet he high frisked himself all over the world before his enrapture and nuptials with this daughter of a presently tormented man.
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I think there is alot more ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

I think there is alot more to this than we have been told.

The "fatherly advice" BS is just that; a CDC expert in TB gives expert advice--especially if it might affect his daughter.

I suspect that he told the little twerp not to travel, and if he didn't, he should be fired from CDC.

Today's paper says the guy'... (Below threshold)
Public Citizen:

Today's paper says the guy's infection in his lung is the size of a tennis ball. That doesn't sound harmless to me.

Far be it from me to make a... (Below threshold)

Far be it from me to make assumptions, but it just sounds too coincidental that he is infected with the very disease his father-in-law works with. Mitchell's right - there's a connection there and more we haven't been told. And I'll bet good money he bribed that customs officer to get back into the country.




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