Officials Identify TB Patient

Atlanta (AP) -- The tuberculosis patient under the first federal quarantine since 1963 is a 31-year-old personal injury attorney who practices law with his father in Atlanta, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to talk about the case, identified the patient as Andrew Speaker. A medical official in Atlanta also confirmed the patient's name on condition of anonymity.

The patient, who has a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis, arrived at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center for treatment Thursday, walking under his own power after flying from Atlanta with his wife and federal marshals.

He looked healthy and tan, and "he said he still felt fine," hospital spokesman William Allstetter said.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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