May 31, 2007

How not to welcome your son-in-law into the family...

If he didn't want this guy bagging his daughter wouldn't Necrotizing fasciitis or some other flesh eating bacteria have been quicker?

From Fox News:

The father-in-law of the 31-year-old man under federal quarantine with a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis is one of the leading TB researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, FOX News has learned.

Dr. Robert Cooksey, who works in the CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, confirmed to FOX News that he is the father-in-law of Andrew Speaker, a personal-injury lawyer who practices in his father's law firm in Atlanta.

Asked by FOX News whether it was possible that he had passed along the dangerous strain to his son-in-law, Cooksey said, "Absolutely not." He added that he "works in the lab" and "is not authorized to talk about that."

I've heard about fathers being overprotective of their daughters and all, but this guy has taken it to a new level.

Overheard in the halls of the CDC Atlanta Office just moments ago: What do you call a personal injury lawyer with a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis? A good start.

Too soon?

Posted by phin at May 31, 2007 02:57 PM

So it turns out the guy who was warned not to travel and did so anyway is a personal injury attorney? And married the daughter of the guy who knows most about how to treat his TB? You can't make this stuff up!

Maybe those passengers on the flights he took could get John "Silky Pony" Edwards to sue him. I expect he'll need work after the first primary or so.

Posted by: Retread at May 31, 2007 03:04 PM

After seeing the daughter, I would almost be willing to get a dread disease in order to bang her.

Posted by: 1sttofight at June 1, 2007 12:55 AM

But isn't the real issue here Bush's attack on the CDC’s budget:

– 2002: Proposed a $174 million cut.

– 2003: Proposed a $1 billion cut, with no new funding for preventive health divisions working on TB.

– 2004: Proposed an increase of “less than 1 per cent.”

– 2005: Proposed a $263 million cut, while simultaneously proposing a $270 million increase in abstinence education.

– 2006: Proposed a $500 million cut which would have slashed grants to state and local health departments like the Fulton County Health and Wellness Department involved in this week’s TB-scare.

– 2007: Proposed a $179 million cut, in addition to unspecified plans for more CDC “savings.”

– 2008: Proposed a $37 million cut, including “massive funding cuts in proven health protection programs.”

Posted by: Frederick at June 2, 2007 08:11 AM

Of course it is, Frederick. It always is -- always.

Posted by: Mike at June 2, 2007 08:17 AM

Mike: Of course it isn't Bush's fault. The guy was trying to get back in the country not leave. Maybe he was getting US medical care mixed up with the excelllent care provided in Cuba.

Posted by: Davod at June 2, 2007 01:38 PM

Good research Fredrick. Think that one of our number one concerns is that we will have a biologic attack by terrorist. Yet we have no answer for the newer strains of smallpox and numerous other new/old diseases such a TB. But is our great leader worried about this? Is he worried about terrorist crossing the borders? No, he and out previous part are worried about how much pork they can mine and making their 20 million friends feel good. So, do we really have a war on terror, or are we all dupes?

Posted by: David Caskey, MD at June 2, 2007 08:54 PM