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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
ARIZONA: Update 1-Man Removed from Flight in Phoenix after TB Alert
Staff Writer
December 3, 2013
Reuters (12.02.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

According to Reuters, authorities removed a man suspected to have TB from an airplane with 70 passengers after it landed in Phoenix on November 30. The individual was on a flight from Austin, Texas, and was removed after an alert from CDC. According to the airline spokesperson, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had not flagged the passenger prior to takeoff; however, CDC notified TSA, who then notified the airline when the plane was already airborne about the man’s “do not board” status. According to CDC Spokesperson Benjamin Haynes, even if the individual tests positive for TB, the risk to other passengers and crew is extremely low and CDC is not recommending other precautions. Also, Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, noted that the flight was only four hours long and the patient was not coughing, so the likelihood of additional infections is very low. Sunenshine stated that passengers did not need TB testing.