TB patient at Stanford Hospital is improving
Original post made on Jan 2, 2008
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on Jan 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Make sure she pays for all tracking and medical expenses for everyone involved in this case.
Once discharged she should be prosecuted and jailed and then deported, if possible, for this horrendous crime.
on Jan 2, 2008 at 6:02 pm
I understand your reaction, but we don't have any details - the case may be nothing like that lawyer who KNEW he had TB and flew anyway. We shouldn't jump to conclusions. She may not have known she had TB until she was admitted to the hospital.
Doctors in this area don't see a lot of TB anymore, it's possible she even went to the doctor before her hospitalization and went undiagnosed. It is very common to come back from China and India with respiratory problems, the vast majority are not TB.
I hear there is a vaccine for TB, widely used in Europe. I wonder about its efficacy at preventing multi-drug resistant strain infection? (I wonder could it be used in the case of exposure to prevent the development of infection?)
on Jan 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm
There is a vaccine for TB which has been used for decades in Britain and Ireland at least. The biggest problem is that after you have the vaccine, you test false positive for all TB tests and the only way to disprove you have TB is a chest xray. It is for this reason that when I was getting my green card I had to have an xray. This was an added problem to getting my green card as I was pregnant at the time and reluctant to get the xray.
Testing for TB is therefore a very onerous task. The two methods, the skin test (which takes 3 days and has to be given and read by a medical professional) and the chest xray. Both of these are time consuming and can be costly. Perhaps a better form of TB testing, such as some form of breathalyzer would be a good idea. However, I am no medical expert and this may not be possible.