Just popping in quickly after I saw Klearchos’ comment on the updated tuberculosis post. He notes on his website that the CDC has released additional travel information about the XDR-TB infected patient, including shorter flights made within Europe in addition to the intercontinental flights. However, Klearchos notes:
…there is a big “hole” in the information provided by the CDC since, nobody has answered yet the question about how he moved from Santorini to Mykonos. CDC doesn’t say anything about that in its report!!
There is no direct flight between the two Greek islands so he must have taken a boat… By boat, the trip from Santorini to Mykonos is at least 3 hours and can be even more depending on the type of the boat. So his move from Santorini to Mykonos has to be considered a threat to public health, without mentioning that nobody knows his whereabouts on the two islands…. It has to be reminded that this period the boats from Santorini to Mykonos are crowded with tourists, many of them Americans…
I’ve never had the chance to go to Greece, but that’s Klearchos’ home, so I’d assume he knows what he’s talking about. I’d also assume (or hope, anyway) that this is an active area of investigation; trying to figure out where the patient went, how long he stayed, whom he may have exposed, etc.
What a mess.
Edited to add: apparently, the patient’s name has been released by law enforcement. He’s Andrew Speaker, a UGA-educated personal injury lawyer, of all things. (Poor Tiffany, a UGA law school grad herself). And to make things worse, his new father-in-law carries out research on tuberculosis at the CDC. So he certainly can’t say he didn’t know about TB, nor can he claim he wasn’t aware of the *personal injury* he may be exposing others to. Incredible.