Thursday, May 31, 2007

Is anyone else seeing the the irony here? The first person our brilliant government decides to lock up in quarantine is a personal injury attorney.

I'm still laughing my ass off.


RJ Adams said...

Aha! I as wondering how he could afford to go jetting all over Europe and Canada. Now we know. Sympathy's shrunk even lower.

Not Your Mama said...

Lot's of questions here.

TB is not easy to get and even less common is this type of super drug resistant type. One reason "only 30%" of cases of this type are treated successfully is that most people who would contract it already have other medical conditions which left them vulnerable to the initial infection. They don't tell the public that because it sounds much scarier the other way. Quick, break out the gas masks and hide the chilluns!

Healthy people with strong immune systems are not at all likely to contract it from casual public contact. This guy looks pretty darn healthy and I doubt he's been hanging around in any refugee camps so I have to wonder where/how he contracted it.

Even more intriguing is that his new father-in-law works for the CDC....studying treatment and control of... drug resistant TB!

I'm definitely not big on "ooooh it's a conspiracy" type thinking but this one has a lot of 'splaining to do.

There's a story here, not sure what it is yet but this one smells worse than a garbage dump in a monsoon.

TomCat said...

I suppose that wishing for five Supreme Court Justices to join him in quarantine is overly hopeful, huh?

RJ Adams said...

Apparently Daddy-in-law couldn't wait to deny any involvement on his part. He read a statement basically saying, "Nothing to do with me," and insisted on being left out of it. The theory that he hates his new son-in-law, didn't want his daughter to marry him, so infected him with the TB bacillus in the hope he'd die before the wedding - it just doesn't hold water. Does it?

Not Your Mama said...

Doesn't seem logical to me. Not impossible, the world IS full of looney people but I don't think it's very likely. Besides, he'd hardly use a method so intimately tied to his own work.

On the other hand, the odds of a young, healthy, personal injury lawyer contracting something like this via casual contact..?

Guess we'll have to wait and see. Who knows, maybe he DID do volunteer work in a refugee camp or AIDS hospice or something. Or really did have some of the worst rotten luck in the world.

cls said...

I dunno, maybe poppa-in-law was sloppy in his GLPs. Coulda brought it home on his person. According to the news they are letting anyone on the plane within a few rows of Typhoid Barry know what's going on, so it can't be that hard to catch. I do think the link is daddy, but I don't think he did it on purpose.

Not Your Mama said...

They have to be over cautious on the off chance even one person was infected. Highly unlikely anyone will be though.

Just caught a bit saying he had travelled to southeast Asia last year which would be a likely source.

A new vaccine is in the works but I think still in it's first clinical trial and only on people who had the BCG as children which in the US would be almost nobody.