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Drug-Resistant TB Patient in Isolation

Officials Seeking More than 600 Passengers on Patient's Flight; Patient Feeling Well in Hospital

CDC's Story

In today's news conference, Cetron says it's the CDC's understanding that local health officials in Atlanta "clearly told him not to travel."

"The patient had, from his own perspective, compelling reasons to travel, and there were no legal orders in place preventing his travel and no laws were broken," Cetron says, noting that the CDC was looking into options to isolate the man in Rome but that opportunity was missed when the man and his wife left Italy.

Cetron says that when he learned the man and his wife had driven from Montreal into the U.S., he called the man on his cell phone with isolation instructions.

"Since we issued our federal isolation order, he has been fully compliant. I believe that aspect of the past is not nearly as important as ... moving forward," Cetron says.

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