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Search for passengers after TB scare

March 16, 2009 3:16:58 PM PDT
U.S. health officials are hoping to locate more than a dozen people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis on an international flight.Northwest Airlines says a passenger aboard its Flight 51 on March 10 from Frankfurt, Germany to Detroit, Michigan has TB.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now wants the 17 people who were seated near the infected man to be tested for the disease.

TB is spread through the air.

However, CDC spokeswoman Shelly Diaz said the risk of transmission is low and that this is a "cautionary move".

The infected passenger is being kept in isolation at Annapolis Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan.

Diaz said details about the sick passenger weren't being released.


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