Friday, December 28, 2007

Another Reason Not to Fly

Sunnyvale woman being treated for dangerous strain of TB People are worried about bird flu, but really there are easier ways to get really sick.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Authorities are releasing more information about a Santa Clara County woman who flew into San Francisco International Airport while sick with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the 30-year old Sunnyvale woman boarded an American Airlines flight in New Delhi, India on Dec. 13. The flight stopped in Chicago, before continuing on to San Francisco.
I have looked at a couple of stories about this incident and I can't find if they think she has Multiple Drug Resistant TB, (MDR-TB) or Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB). XDR-TB seems to be basically untreatable, and has a really high mortality rate. (Based on limited research I grant you.)

The white dust masks won't protect you. If you want to have protection while flying, you need to wear one of these. Crazy you say? Consider what TB did 100 years ago, and then consider the XDR-TB puts medicine in the same spot it was 100 years ago.

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