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(Yahoo)   If you were on that US Airways Express flight in Phoenix over the weekend that had the TB scare, I've got some good news for you   (ca.news.yahoo.com) divider line 14
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2013-12-04 01:53:06 PM
The health scare began after the CDC contacted the Transportation Security Administration when the flight was already in the air, informing them that the passenger was on a "do not board" list. The list is intended to prevent people who are contagious from boarding commercial aircraft.

What's the point of having a "do not board" list if you let them board anyway?
 
2013-12-04 01:53:41 PM
Chump don' want no help, chump don't GET da help!
 
2013-12-04 01:55:25 PM
Well, what is it?
 
2013-12-04 02:00:56 PM

Chinchillazilla: What's the point of having a "do not board" list if you let them board anyway?


Security Theater of course
 
2013-12-04 02:02:21 PM
However, he didn't pass 'flaming idiot' status.
 
2013-12-04 02:02:55 PM
What's the point of having a "do not board" list if you let them board anyway?

I read somewhere that he was actually put on the list mid-flight, after his doctor contacted the authorites.
 
2013-12-04 02:09:17 PM
They're waiving the baggage fee on my next flight?!
 
2013-12-04 02:34:46 PM
I thought the TB bacterium was quite fragile in the environment and hard to catch. I'm clearly not hysterical enough.
 
2013-12-04 02:46:17 PM
The better news, of course, is that as one of the slowest growing pathogens the risk would be almost nil anyway. You have to be exposed for a while for most people to contract the infection..
 
2013-12-04 03:00:06 PM
So mistaken identity or what?
 
2013-12-04 04:12:12 PM

Jacob Singer: What's the point of having a "do not board" list if you let them board anyway?

I read somewhere that he was actually put on the list mid-flight, after his doctor contacted the authorites.


I bet he is pleased with his doctor.
 
2013-12-04 04:23:37 PM
How many do not board lists are out there? How may different government agencies do this? How did the CDC even know the guy was on the plane?

People don't even ask anymore they just figure the government knows everything.
 
2013-12-04 04:59:52 PM
Rather quietly, the drug resistant forms of TB are scaring the shiat out of the medical community.

The vast majority of cases are still "vanilla", not-drug resistant.  According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, 8.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.3 million died from TB. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and it is among the top three causes of death for women aged 15 to 44.   TB is a leading killer of people living with HIV, causing one quarter of all deaths.

The Drug Resistant (DR) and Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) forms have appeared in almost all reporting countries.  MDR-TB in the US means immediate confinement in a high security medical ward, until treated or dead.

The Extremely Drug Resistant (XDR) is pretty much a death sentence, and the Completely Drug Resistant (CDR) has only had two outbreaks, both in India, that killed everyone infected.

A big problem with TB is that unlike most bacteria, that reproduce about every 30 minutes, it reproduces very slowly, only once or twice a day, like its cousin, Leprosy.  You can be infected with it for years and not show symptoms.  But when it goes into its active form, it can attack almost any organ in the body.

Bottom line:  you do not mess around with possible TB infections.
 
2013-12-04 05:12:06 PM
Ahhh...An alternative ending to Contagion.
 
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