|Description:||This 2007 image depicted former Centers for Disease Control Director (2002 - 2008), Dr. Julie Gerberding, conducting a press briefing regarding the organization’s public health investigation into who may have been exposed to an extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) infected person. The information release included the action and steps that the CDC was taking in response to a case of XDR-TB in a United States citizen who’d undertaken international travel. XDR-TB is a recently defined subtype of a multi-drug resistant TB, which can cause severe illness and death.|
Like all forms of TB, XDR-TB is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person-to-person through the air. In this case, the infected patient traveled on two trans-Atlantic air flights, and in doing so, may have exposed passengers and crew to XDR-TB. A federal quarantine order had been issued and the CDC is currently collaborating with U.S. state and local health departments, international Ministries of Health, the airline industry, and the World Health Organization (WHO).