'Outbreak' Morphs Into 'Rashomon'

Finger-pointing over TB patient's travels spreads across two continents
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2007 12:13 PM CDT
'Outbreak' Morphs Into 'Rashomon'
In this image made from television and released by ABC News, Andrew Speaker, right and his wife Sarah are interviewed at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colo on "Good Morning America" aired Friday June 1, 2007. Speaker, 31, an Atlanta attorney quarantined with a dangerous strain...   (Associated Press)

The Atlanta lawyer whose honeymoon baggage included a dangerous strain of TB is at the center of a contentious international public-health dispute. The Times reports on the conflicting accounts of warnings issued to Andrew Speaker and the governments of the countries he visited. Meanwhile, other American passengers on his flights have tested negative for TB.

Fulton County officials say they warned him against flying, but Speaker counters that any concern expressed was cursory. Italy and the US are arguing over the timeline, and Congress is curious about the failure to stop Speaker from crossing the border from Canada. And CNN reports that Greek authorities say Speaker was not legally married there. (More Tuberculosis stories.)

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