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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2007
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

Public Health Investigation Seeks People Who May Have Been Exposed to Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) Infected Person


Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, CDC
Dr. Martin Cetron, Director, CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director, CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination


Release of information about the action and steps that CDC is taking in response to a case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in a U.S. citizen who undertook international travel. XDR TB is a recently defined subtype of multi-drug resistant TB and can cause severe illness and death.


Like all forms of TB, XDR TB is a disease caused by germs that are spread person-to-person through the air. In this case, the infected patient traveled on two trans-Atlantic air flights and in doing so, may have exposed passengers and crew to XDR TB. A federal quarantine order has been issued and CDC is currently collaborating with U.S. state and local health departments, international Ministries of Health, the airline industry, and WHO.


Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 2 p.m. ET
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