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Tuberculosis Scare

An Atlanta lawyer caused scares internationally due to his tuberculosis condition. Andrew Speaker, learned of the severity of his illness when he was on his honeymoon in Europe. U.S. Health officials’ advised Speaker to receive medical treatment in Greece. Speaker disregarded the officials and flew to Canada and drove to the U.S. border. Speaker then convinced the border guards to let him cross the border, even though the Department of Homeland Security was asked by the CDC to bar him from entering the U.S. When Speaker re-entered, he voluntarily checked into a hospital for treatment. After laboratory tests returned, Speaker’s condition was downgraded from the original diagnosis.

This story was covered in both the New York Times and the LA Times.

The New York Times wrote the article based on what events occurred and focused on the facts that the CDC’s tests gave false results.

The LA Times wrote the article based on the fact that Speaker disregarded public safety measures and now could have infected others while flying back to the U.S.


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