LA Times 6-1-07 Honeymoon bent

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Document View .. 1 of 4 9/30/2007 6:59 PM Databases selected: Los Angeles Times The Nation; Border alert on TB patient disregarded; The Atlanta man defied instructions to stay put overseas after doctors realized he had a deadly strain of the disease.; [HOME EDITION] Jia-Rui Chong , Stephanie Simon , Nicholas Riccardi . Los Angeles Times . Los Angeles, Calif.: Jun 1, 2007. pg. A.1 Abstract (Summary) Speaker's father-in-law is a microbiologist at the CDC in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. Robert Cooksey issued a statement Thursday saying that he "wasn't involved in any decisions my son-in-law made regarding his travel, nor did I ever act as a CDC official or in an official CDC capacity with respect to any of the events in the past weeks. ... I would never knowingly put my daughter, friends or anyone else at risk from such a disease." "Tuberculosis is a very slow-growing organism," said Dr. Kenneth Castro, director of the CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. "A month interval easily [can go] by before you have any results you can hang your hat on." The next day, May 11, the county prepared a written medical directive. It can't be enforced like a court order, but the intent was unmistakable. "The letter did not say 'We prefer.' It said, 'You are directed,' " [Steven Katkowsky] said. Full Text (1661 words) (Copyright (c) 2007 Los Angeles Times) A man infected with an extremely dangerous strain of tuberculosis was waved into the United States at a border crossing even after a routine check of his passport set off an urgent warning, authorities said Thursday. Andrew Speaker, 31, a personal-injury lawyer from Atlanta, arrived at the Canadian border May 24 after disregarding explicit instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remain in Italy -- where he was on his honeymoon -- for fear of spreading his potentially deadly strain of TB. Speaker's father-in-law is a microbiologist at the CDC in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. Robert Cooksey issued a statement Thursday saying that he "wasn't involved in any decisions my son-in-law made regarding his travel, nor did I ever act as a CDC official or in an official CDC capacity with respect to any of the events in the past weeks. ... I would never knowingly put my daughter, friends or anyone else at risk from such a disease." Cooksey also said that he had never tested positive for TB and was certain that Speaker did not contract the lung ailment from him or from the CDC's labs. Speaker knew he had a severe strain of TB before departing to marry Cooksey's daughter, Sarah, on a Greek island in mid-May. He only found out later, when he was in Rome, that it was the rarest and most lethal of TB strains, resistant to most antibiotics.
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