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CDC Searching For Travelers Who Flew With Afflicted Woman

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | June 09, 2015

CDC Searching For Travelers Who Flew With Afflicted Woman

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Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have requested an airline manifest to try and track down passengers from an April flight who might have interacted with a woman who has a rare and potentially deadly form of tuberculosis.

The woman flew from India to Chicago in April on an airline that the CDC did not identify.

The woman also traveled to Missouri and Tennessee before returning to Chicago, where she was diagnosed and admitted to a hospital last month, about seven weeks after arriving in the United States.

According to The New York Times, the woman was diagnosed with XDR-TB, which stands for extensively drug­-resistant tuberculosis, and was transported on Friday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

In a statement, the NIH said the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “is providing care and treatment for the patient in connection with an existing NIH clinical protocol for treating TB, including XDR forms.”

According to the Associated Press, TB is not as easily spread as diseases like the flu or measles, but it is dangerous for people with weakened immune systems.

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