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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
ARIZONA: Arizona TB Patient Released from Hospital
Tillie Fong
September 19, 2007
Rocky Mountain News (Denver) (09.19.07) - Wednesday, September

A multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patient who refused precautionary infectious-disease control measures while in Arizona has been successfully treated at Denver's National Jewish Hospital. After lung surgery and two months of antibiotic treatment, the patient is "not contagious at all," William Allstetter, a hospital spokesperson, said Tuesday. The patient was kept in court-ordered isolation for nearly a year in a Phoenix hospital jail ward after he refused to wear a face mask in public. He was transferred for MDR-TB treatment at National Jewish on July 17. The dual Russian-US citizen was accompanied on a commercial flight back to Arizona on Tuesday by a security guard hired by the Maricopa County Public Health Department, which is responsible for ensuring he maintains his treatment regimen over the next two years.