Gerberding's recommendations follow an ongoing investigation of US citizen Andrew Speaker who traveled [flight itinerary] from Italy back into the United States by the way of the Czech Republic and Canada despite being instructed to cancel all his flight plans following a diagnosis of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) [CDC backgrounder]. Speaker also testified at the hearing by phone. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] and the CDC had requested that the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) [official website] detain the patient upon his re-entry into the US, but according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website], a Border Patrol agent ignored the flag and allowed Speaker to reenter the US. He remains in quarantine under the authority of the Denver County health officials. The Washington Times has more.
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