Monday, March 3, 2008
It was the top news story last summer: a man with a dangerous form of tuberculosis boarded several planes and took flights that crossed international boundaries, despite what the CDC says was a warning from his doctors. This event brought the dangers of tuberculosis back into the forefronts of the world’s minds. With 1.6 million people dying every year from the disease, tuberculosis still persists as a serious medical threat. But, is tuberculosis a major threat to us in the local area? How does someone contract the disease and how common is tuberculosis? Is it safe to travel across seas and how did this man find his way onto international flights? We will look to answer these questions and more this Monday, as we discuss the intricacies of tuberculosis. Because this is an archive edition of State of Affairs, we won’t be taking calls this hour.