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May 31,2007
TB patient is Atlanta lawyer
by UPI

ATLANTA - The man with a dangerous form of drug-resistant tuberculosis has been identified as a 31-year-old personal injury lawyer in Atlanta.

Andrew Speaker is now in Colorado for treatment. He set off a two-continent search for people who had been in contact with him when he flew to Europe earlier this month for his wedding, returning via Canada.

Speaker's father-in-law, Robert Cooksey, works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, CNN reported. A spokesman said Cooksey, a microbiologist who has done research on TB for the National Center for Infectious Diseases, had advised Speaker as a relative but not as a CDC representative.

After his return to the United States, Speaker became the first person in years to be placed in involuntary federal quarantine. He currently is undergoing treatment in Denver.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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