TB Patient, Family Ties Revealed

Atlanta lawyer's father-in-law is a CDC researcher
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2007 4:04 PM CDT
William Allstetter, a spokesman for National Jewish Medical and Research Center, points to the hospital as he describes the treatment that a Georgia patient with drug-resistant tuberculosis will receive...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The quarantined tuberculosis patient is an Atlanta lawyer who recently married the daughter of a CDC TB researcher, CNN reports. Andrew Speaker, 31, took a private plane to Denver today to be treated for extremely drug-resistant TB, or XDR TB. Microbiologist Robert Cooksey says he knew of his son-in-law's infection and offered "fatherly advice" but no official counsel.

A spokesman for the Denver hospital where Speaker will undergo treatment said he arrived wearing a mask and escorted by US marshals. Meanwhile, the CDC is tracking down passengers who shared a plane with Speaker after he ignored advice and flew to and from Europe for his wedding and honeymoon this month despite knowing that he was infected. (Read more Tuberculosis stories.)