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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 28, 2007 01:02 PM

Early yesterday, I noted the story of a TB-infected woman who was able to fly unimpeded earlier this month and is now in isolation in northern California. There are more details today in the San Francisco Chronicle:

A 30-year-old Sunnyvale woman, recently back from a stay in India, is in an isolation unit at Stanford Hospital with a tough-to-treat strain of tuberculosis, and health officials are scrambling to find any people with whom she may have come into close contact.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was reportedly diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB while in India and was being treated for the disease before she returned to the Bay Area on Dec. 13.

“She was sick when she got on her airplane,” said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department.

The authorities have finally seen fit to release specifics on her flight and whereabouts:

County health officials, along with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are tracking down people who might have been exposed to the disease. The people who shared the emergency room with the woman on Dec. 19 already have
been notified, as has her family, Fenstersheib said.

The CDC has identified 44 people from 16 states who were within two rows of the woman on American Airlines Flight 293 from New Delhi to Chicago’s O’Hare airport on Dec. 13. On Thursday, the CDC sent health officials in the 16 states a list of the names and asked for help in having them tested for TB.

This woman’s selfishness and recklessness cannot be understated. Let me repeat the second paragraph of the story:

The woman, whose name has not been released, was reportedly diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB while in India and was being treated for the disease before she returned to the Bay Area on Dec. 13.

She knew what she had before she got on the plane. She exposed other people to the TB. She didn’t bother to tell anyone.

Rotten. Just rotten.

She deserves to be named and shamed so that other idiots can be deterred.

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