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Woman with drug-resistant TB at Stanford

Original post made on Dec 27, 2007

A 30-year Sunnyvale woman who flew internationally while suffering from an active case of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is now in isolation at Stanford Hospital.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 27, 2007, 4:55 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by pabc, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 27, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Another example of how people only think of themselves and do not care about others


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Dec 27, 2007 at 5:26 pm

We need to create civil code that results in substantial fines AND jail time for people who so wantonly disregard the health of others, for their own convenience. I hope she recovers, and that if she traveled intentionally knowing she had active TB, that someone publishes her name, so that she receives her due of public retribution and shame. There is simply no excuse for this. One can only imagine the psychological pain this will cause to those she knowingly exposed (if that turns out to be the case)? The IHO needs to change its rules; they're as liable as any person who intentionally exposes others to drug-resistant TB, or other disease.


Posted by Marie, a resident of Portola Valley
on Dec 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I think she should face significant penalties, including jail time, for willfully exposing others to a potentially deadly disease. If it could be proven she infected someone who later dies, what would the criminal charge be?

And why is her name being kept secret? She should be exposed to the public, just as she exposed the public to risk.

Because I was exposed to TB by an illegal immigrant, I have to face the rest of my life with the worry that I a greater likelihood that I could get this terrible disease. Every cough, every bit of fever, is a source of anxiety.


Posted by Marie, a resident of Portola Valley
on Dec 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I think she should face significant penalties, including jail time, for willfully exposing others to a potentially deadly disease. If it could be proven she infected someone who later dies, what would the criminal charge be?

And why is her name being kept secret? She should be exposed to the public, just as she exposed the public to risk.

Because I was exposed to TB by an illegal immigrant, I have to face the rest of my life with the worry that I a greater likelihood that I could get this terrible disease. Every cough, every bit of fever, is a source of anxiety.


Posted by joe, a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 30, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Marie, you do not see to have gotten good medical advice. You certainly do not have to spend the rest of your life worrying about this.


Posted by joyce, a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 30, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Well, let's spare a small thought for the ill person. How many of us would want to be treated in a third world country for a serious disease, when the chance of spreading it to anyone on a flight is tiny. What there needs to be is a way to get these people home without exposing the general public. If I remember correctly, the CDC was about to arrange a charter flight of some sort for the original guy.



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