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TB Patient Questions CDC Policy

By: AP
By: AP

The globe-trotting tuberculosis patient who sparked an international public health incident in May says he was tricked into a federal quarantine.

Andrew Speaker, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, said he would have gladly gone into isolation if health officials had asked him to.

Instead, he said they asked him to swing by a New York City hospital for testing after his European vacation, then posted armed guards outside his door.

The 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer, who remains hospitalized in Denver, said, "They tried to trick me when it was unnecessary."

Speaker, the first person quarantined by the U.S. government since 1963, disclosed new details about the discussions he had with health officials while in Europe, and about an aborted plan in which he would have driven to Denver for treatment after he returned.

He said he has no current plans to sue health officials.

He said he is more worried about being sued.


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