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5 June 2007 at 12:44 p.m.
I agree he shouldn't have done it. That being said - his TB was not active when he was flying, so therefore he was minimally contagous. It would take intimate conatct with him to get it - so washing your hands would help. I know several paople that test positive for TB but do not have the disease and sre not contagious.
31 May 2007 at 5:12 p.m.
And I agree you/we should not stress and fret over what “might” happen, however we do need to be more aware of what is going on around us and stop thinking “everything is fine”. It's not.
31 May 2007 at 4:33 p.m.
Taylor, I agree the guy is an idiot to go flying around with a contagious disease. However, I also know that his actions did not have a direct, personal effect on me.
I could decide to worry myself sick that something like this that is totally beyond my control may happen, and be miserable whether it happens to me or not.
Or I can just take care of things I have control over, which, by the way are my own actions. I can take the normal common sense measures to protect myself and sleep just fine at night.
You handle it how you want to. I just can't see spending my life stressing out over bad stuff that hasn't happened yet.
31 May 2007 at 12:51 p.m.
Gee…I hate to be the Gloomy Gus here, but how will covering YOUR mouth and washing YOUR hands protect you from some idiot that decides to board a plane with a contagious disease? I get angry when people get on a plane with a cold/flu, let alone TB. How in the world could people possibly protect themselves in a case like this - I would imagine all the passengers on his plane (as well as all the people in the airports, restuarants and so on) had no idea this guy was knowingly spreading a disease. Also I find it rather disturbing that even though his passport was pulled and he was placed on the “no fly” list that he was able to fly into Canada, then drive right across the US border. Crazy.
While I agree the media puts their own spin on things (rather than simply reporting the news), this particular case has nothing to do with spin. The fact remains that this guy knowingly spread TB amongst 100's or even 1000's. Quite obviously his wedding was more important than the health of others. I don't see how this fits into paranoia or unnecessary worry.
31 May 2007 at 11:19 a.m.
TB, Staph infections, antibiotic resistant, well, welcome to Earth. Remember the Black Death, Measles, Mumps, Scarlett Fever, Polio and Smallpox? What about the biggest disease threats we already face, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer? We could worry ourselves to death, and probably should add worry to the list of things that can do us in.
Disease has been around as long as the world has existed. New diseases will spring up as time goes by. In time cures will be found, just as in the past.
I'm not going to spend the rest of my life worrying about what bad things may happen. I'm convinced that the media blows things totally out of proportion, and basic common-sense prevention is worth a ton of worry.
My mother taught me the basics when I was little. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands well and often. Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Eat well. Get your sleep.
Not that anyone asked, but my advice is to take the usual precautions but don't let these incidents overwhelm you.
31 May 2007 at 8:54 a.m.
You are all living in a glass bubble if you think mom is simply paranoid and overreacting.
31 May 2007 at 8:11 a.m.
rebarr, you never cease to be rude.
30 May 2007 at 8:45 p.m.
I can understand why mom would be scared. XDR TB is pretty much a death sentence if the bacteria becomes active in your body. The successful cure rate is around 30%. The good news is it's extremely rare.
XDR TB is no more aggressive than regular strains of TB. TB is an opportunistic infection that can lie dormant in the human body for decades. I believe the World Health Organization estimates that roughly 1 in 3 people worldwide have dormant TB in their body and for those who are infected the chances of developing active TB during their lifetime is 10%. The people who are most susceptible to active TB infection are those with weakened immune systems. Otherwise you could carry inactive TB for your whole adult life without ever knowing it and pose little to no threat to those around you.
Between 1993 and 2006 there were a mere 49 cases of XDR TB reported in the US. Compare that with 13,767 cases of ordinary TB in the US in 2006 alone. http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/condit…
The thing that ticks me off is the guy knew he had TB, the CDC suggested he not fly, and he did anyway. Then, after being put on a no-fly list to the US, he flew into Canada and snuck back into the US by car. He faces no charges. Bwah? Throw the book at the SOB.
Mom, if you wanna be scared of pathogens, I'd be more afraid of the rise of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than XDR TB. Keep those cuts clean kiddos ;-)
30 May 2007 at 4:49 p.m.
How the heck did this all end up under 2007 Graduation anyway???????? Oh well, since we are finally relieved of mom's posts guess we'll never know,huh?
30 May 2007 at 4:45 p.m.
Mom, I ask God to protect you every day and I will continue to pray for your fearful soul. Somehow, I just know he is taking care of me.
30 May 2007 at 6:45 a.m.
My intended post was to inform. This is a deadly strain.
This man has an armed guard outside his hospital room.
This is an airborn disease….remember outbreak.
I will not post any more. If you want to trust your government to protect you, feel free.
29 May 2007 at 11:04 p.m.
I'm not clear of the intent of your post.
Panic, fear, or just trying to stimulate posting.
I'm not trying to be critical, but if this is, it is. There is a recent headline that reports a traveler using air travel via Atlanta to Europe and Montreal to Europe having this strain of TB. What isn't reported is “so, what happened?” CDC is all over this, stay tuned. More info to come as needed.
I would suggest that better concern, more and always immediate to Craig and Moffat County is…Wash your hands, before you touch food, after you sneeze or cough, etc.
Concerns can always be directed to Public Health or your family physician.
Let's focus our energy on what matters, what we control.
29 May 2007 at 7:04 p.m.
This is a drug resistant strain of Tuburculosis. Keep a good breathing space between you and other people.
Always ware a mask if in crowds or airplanes.
The media is not telling you how bad it really is.
I care about the people in this town. Get frosty and get informed. We have a problem.
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