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Patient with tuberculosis who flew internationally has surgery and is sued by passengers

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:177
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The man who triggered an international alert when he travelled from the United States to Europe and back for his honeymoon despite having drug resistant tuberculosis has had surgery to remove the upper right lobe of his lung. He is also being sued by passengers who were on the same flight.

    The 31 year old US lawyer Andrew Speaker had surgery last week at the University of Colorado Hospital, which collaborates with the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, in Denver, a leading tuberculosis treatment centre in the US. The surgeon, John Mitchell, chief of general thoracic surgery at the hospital, …

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