Two Kentuckians Identified As Passengers On TB Patient's Flight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two Kentuckians have been identified as passengers on an international flight carrying an Atlanta attorney quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who notified Kentucky officials, said the risk of illness to other passenger is low. However, the Louisville health department is conducting tests on the individuals.

The infected patient has been identified as Andrew Speaker, a 31-year-old personal injury lawyer. Speaker, in an interview aired on ABC television's "Good Morning America" on Friday, said he, his doctors and the CDC all knew he had TB before he flew to Europe for his wedding and honeymoon last month. But he said he was advised that he was not contagious or a danger to anyone. Officials said they would rather he did not fly but no one ordered him not to, he said.

"While it appears the risk of infection in these individuals is low, the state and local health department will continue to work collaboratively to complete precautionary testing to ensure that any spread of the disease is controlled," said Kentucky's Health Commissioner Dr. William D. Hacker in a statement Friday.

Kentucky officials said the CDC has not notified them of any other passengers from the state who traveled on flights with Speaker.

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