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7. Inquiry Into Role of Tuberculosis Patient’s Father-in-Law
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/05/health/05tb.html

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating what role, if any, a staff scientist played in the international health scare set off by the odyssey of his son-in-law, who has extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis.
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The C.D.C. said late Saturday that it was undertaking a number of reviews related to Mr. Speaker’s case, including how Dr. Cooksey “was involved in this matter.”

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Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, the director of the centers, said on Friday that Dr. Cooksey “may have been involved in preparing one of the lab tests to determine the type of bacteria” present in the specimen sent to the C.D.C. by Fulton County and Georgia State health officials..


Yesterday, the C.D.C. said it did not know whether Mr. Speaker’s name was on the specimens that Dr. Cooksey might have worked with or whether the labels were coded.

Dr. Gerberding also said that at several times “he helped us facilitate communication with his son-in-law and the wife,” Sarah. Dr. Cooksey’s “assistance was actually extremely helpful in getting us in cellphone” contact with Andrew Speaker in Europe, Dr. Gerberding said, “to help us determine how to help him get into a safer health care environment.”




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