TB Patient at Border Traveled Through 13 Countries
Strain he has is especially dangerous and resistant to most drugs
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2013 7:33 AM CST
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(Newser) – The Wall Street Journal has a scary story that illustrates just how easy it is for even one person to spread a lethal, drug-resistant disease. US border authorities in South Texas have detained a man trying to sneak across from Mexico who has a rare strain of TB. That's bad enough. Worse is that he is originally from Nepal, and his journey to the US took him through 13 countries over three months, presumably hacking all the while.

He is now in medical isolation, and authorities are trying to figure out whether he infected any of the thousands of people he encountered along the way, many of them migrants like himself constantly on the move. His strain of tuberculosis is known as XDR, and it is resistant to more than half of the approximately 15 standard TB drugs. It has been seen in the US only once before, also from a Nepalese patient.

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Ucantusethatname
Mar 2, 2013 12:49 PM CST
Do we need a better reason for stopping illegal immigration?
9SEABEE
Mar 2, 2013 12:34 PM CST
What would the King of Kenya say if his country was being invaded by 2 or 3 million illegals? Just get here and we'll make this your country. I think he's Rosemarys baby.
mehrheit
Mar 2, 2013 11:52 AM CST
Can't wait to see the reaction from President Madagascar.