It turns out that TB Andy is not nearly as sick as we were led to believe.
The U.S. tuberculosis patient who was legally isolated after fleeing across international borders does not have the most dangerous form of TB but instead a strain that is easier to treat, his doctors said on Tuesday.
They said that Andrew Speaker, a 31-year-old lawyer, has multi-drug-resistant TB, not the extensively drug-resistant disease.
"Laboratory tests conducted at National Jewish Medical and Research Center indicate that patient Andrew Speaker's tuberculosis is susceptible to some of the medications previously thought ineffective against his disease," the hospital in Denver said in a statement.
"As a result, doctors have altered Mr. Speaker's antibiotic regimen and have put on hold a decision about lung surgery."
If you can't rely on the CDC for accurate disease information and diagnosis ... who can you trust?