Andrew Speaker's TB Reclassified
Andrew Speaker's Tuberculosis Is Multidrug-Resistant, Not Extensively Drug-Resistant, Doctors Say
July 3, 2007 -- Andrew Speaker's tuberculosis is multidrug-resistant
tuberculosis (MDR TB), not extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB),
CDC officials and Speaker's doctors announced today.
Speaker, an Atlanta lawyer, was recently in the headlines when the CDC
ordered him into medical isolation after he and his bride took two
At the time, Speaker was believed to have XDR TB, which resists most
tuberculosis drugs. But today, that diagnosis changed to MDR TB.
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis doesn't respond to the first preferred
treatments. But it's more responsive to tuberculosis drugs than extensively
In light of the new diagnosis, Speaker may not need lung surgery for his
tuberculosis, Charles Daley, MD, told reporters
Daley works in Denver at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center,
where Speaker is being treated.
Andrew Speaker's Statement
In a news conference, William Allstetter, spokesman for the National Jewish
Medical and Research Center, read a written statement by Andrew Speaker.
Speaker says in the statement that he is "incredibly relieved" that
tests show that he doesn't have XDR TB. He noted that his understanding is that
he does not have -- and has never had -- XDR TB.
Speaker also indicated he hopes today's news doesn't change the attention
tuberculosis has recently gotten in the media, given that tuberculosis is a
serious global health problem
Speaker referred to his earlier XDR TB diagnosis as a