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Air passenger proves to be uninfected with tuberculosis

Dec. 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

PHOENIX, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A man pulled off a plane in Phoenix because of fear he was carrying tuberculosis was tested and found to be free of infection, officials said.

Dr. Rebecca Suenenshine of the Maricopa County Health Department said Tuesday the man was taken to a hospital after being removed from a plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the Arizona Republic reported.

The incident began Saturday when the man's doctor in Texas notified the Centers for Disease Control of the possibility he had been infected with TB. By the time local officials tracked him down, he was on board a US Airways flight from Austin and on his way to Phoenix.

The man, who had been planning to transfer to an international flight in Phoenix, was placed on a no-fly list. He was taken off the list after the test results were known.

Health officials say that even if the man had tested positive other passengers on his plane were unlikely to have been infected.

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