Lost in the Human Interest: the ‘TB Patient’

Does it look to you as though the larger issues were being lost in the story of the globe-hopping Atlanta lawyer infected with drug-resistant tuberculosis? The focus seems to be completely on the human interest aspect of the story but aren’t there other issues here? I certainly think so.

The first issue is that low-level government officials are making policy decisions that may affect your health and security. The second issue is that, from a contagion standpoint, it’s getting to be a more dangerous world and we’re not taking it particularly seriously.

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Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.


  1. Bill Hartzer says:

    There are definitely some “large issues” being lost in this whole fiasco. It’s definitely a fiasco..how is it that we couldn’t track this guy down?

    And what about Andrew Speaker’s father in law? Is it such a coincidence that his father in law works for the CDC–in the TB section?