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Interestingly, Speaker's father-in-law is Dr. Robert Cooksey, who works in a lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and specializes in TB.
Asked by Fox News whether Speaker may have caught TB from him, Cooksey replied, "Absolutely Not. I work in the lab and I'm not authorized to talk about that."
worried infection specialists say it shows how vulnerable the nation is, from outdated quarantine laws and the speed of international flight, to killer germs carried by travelers. What if, they ask, the now-quarantined man had carried not hard-to-spread tuberculosis but something very contagious like the next super-flu?
Still, the man didn't violate any laws and faces no charges, CDC said.
"There's a whole body of public health law that's going to be closely scrutinized and redefined with this case," said Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert who advises the government. "It's going to be looking back at what do you do when you have a non-compliant carrier of some infectious agent that is border-hopping?"
The world's ending You and I actually agree on something!!!!! That was my first thought its too much of a coincidence, dont you think?
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Wow, this certainly is fodder for a conspiracy theory I think.
Is it possible that this guy was infected with a virulent strain of tuberculosis from the Centers for Disease Control through his father-in-law, either accidently or purposefully?
Originally posted by WuTang
Im sorry, im not sure i follow. Are you suggesting that this was all planned by the CDC to use as a tool to lobby for more conservative quarantine law?
Also, are you suggesting this man was in on it, an unwitting pawn, or were 'those in power' assuming he wouldn't leave the county?
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
I think he played his part too well to be completely unwitting, but I doubt we'll ever know anymore about this story. One thing to consider, a bright young attorney who just passed the bar and is marrying into a family that already has high security clearances would be a pretty good candidate for CIA recruitment, dont'cha think?
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
This was on Fox News, though, and they make a lot of outrageous claims, so I guess you have to consider the source.