1. Bull Moose says:

    Erick… Isn’t it a little early to jump to such conclusions? I would agree with you but it seems there may be a discrepency as to what he was told to do or not to do in terms of travel.

  2. Erick says:

    I’ve modified the comment and will take a wait and see approach, but I say again that traveling on an airplane with TB generally makes you a dumbass.

  3. Doug Deal says:


    I also think we should cut the guy some slack, until more is known. It’s not an enviable situation to be in. People generally do not purposefully get TB, and he apparently is not even showing signs of sickness.

    It would pretty much suck to be in what amounts to prison when you do not even feel ill. From what I have read, he really isn’t even contageous (due to there not being enough organisms). The status of carrying this strain is pretty much lifelong. Do we keep in prison the rest of his life?

  4. Doug Deal says:


    1/3 people in the world has the TB pathogen in their body, but like this guy, they do not have an active disease, and unlike this guy they do not have the Extensively drug-resistant kind.

  5. elephantgirl says:

    In an article from a couple of days ago the guy said something along the lines of “I am a well-educated, intelligent, successful person so the fact that I have an armed guard outside of my door is just absurd to me. I did everything to cooperate other than that whole solitary confinement thing in Italy.”

    If that quote is accurate then he is a total dumbass. If doctors recommend you be confined then you probably should not take a flight across the ocean instead…just a thought.

  6. elephantgirl says:

    He CLEARLY knew that he should not be flying which is why he chose to fly into Canada and sneak into the United States.

  7. Demonbeck says:

    It’s like catching incredibly drug-resistant tuberculosis on your wedding day…

    It’s a free plain ride across the Atlantic, when you’ve already paid…

    It’s the good advice your doctor gave you that you just didn’t take…

    but who would’ve thought? It figures

    Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

  8. Doug Deal says:

    Demonbeck, classic!

    Icarus, a little suspicious that a new son-in-law gets a rare form of TB that is generally found only in Asia, and the father of the bride happens to work with the stuff for a living.

    It is probably all a coincidence, but it almost seems to merit an investigation.

  9. SpaceyG says:

    Listen to this tale of Italian infectious weirdness… from Ms. B. Smith in Augusta, via email to the SGR:

    “I was traveling through Italy and became ill by the time I arrived in Rome. I went to the Univeristy of Rome’s hospital figuring that they would 1) know English and 2) have a larger variety of doctors. So I can’t cough cause my chest is tight and burning and I have heat waves and the chills. I walked in the hospital and not seeing a desk attendant I just kept walking down the hospital corridor. I ended up an area and started opening up the curtains. Hell, I was in the emergency room and peering into patient rooms. Yikes!! Then some nurse came up and started speaking Italian and I translated that “me no speak itlaian”. anyway, she started shuffling me towards a room, opened a curtain, and said “your momma is here”. Chile, this nurse tried to put me in a room with some dark skinned lady.

    Anyway, that’s just the beginning. After finally getting my own bed in a large room they wheeled in some chick who was hit on her moped. She’s all bleeding and the doctors are working on her with NO GLOVES. This is occurring in the year 2000 when every medical person should be wearing damn gloves. So a few of the doctors come over to me after servicing the moped chick and I told them “ya’ll need some gloves on before touching me.”

    After an hour they tell me I have to go to another section of the hospital because I needed more tests. So I was like ok point me in the direction. They were like you need to go the INFECTIOUS DISEASE unit. I was like “what the f, I thought you said I had pneumonia”. Apparently pneumonia is classified in Italy as an Infectious disease – an infectious disease that requires them to keep you confined for 4-6 days in a ward of the hospital where the freaking nurses smoke throughout the ward. Oh yeah, I did go over to the ID unit and was coughing and wheezing and was like “oh my god I must be getting worse cause my chest is getting tighter.” Yup, my chest was getting tighter cause the head freaking nurse was smoking.

    Needless to say when they demanded confinement for 4-6 additional days – I was like “no way in hell”. I got my prescription, got them to write a note to Delta airlines to waive my flight change fee, and was out of Italy sick as a dog and feverish but on the 7 am flight to Atlanta the next morning.

    I don’t blame that dude for not wanting to stay confined in Italy. But I think he is a jerk for getting on the first damn plane out of Atlanta.”

  10. rightofcenter says:

    I really don’t feel like I have enough knowledge on the subject to post one way or the other.

    However, I do know this: his wife is hot.

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