CDC says TB patient on plane may have infected others

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are saying that a woman who was diagnosed with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis may have exposed others to the disease on a December 13 flight from New Delhi to Chicago.

According to a USA Today story, “Altogether, 44 passengers sat in five rows close enough to the woman that they might have been exposed to her illness. Health authorities recommend that they all undergo testing for tuberclosis, with follow-up in eight to 10 weeks. They’re concerned because the woman reportedly was coughing on the plane.”

The woman, a 30-year-old native of Nepal, is currently being treated in isolation at a California hospital.

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