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AIRLINE PASSENGER WITH TB INFECTED OTHERS

The first documented incident of tuberculosis transmission among passengers on airline flights was reported this month by the Centers for Disease Control.

A CDC study found that during an 8 1/2 -hour domestic flight, a passenger with active TB infected four other passengers by coughing. Though none of the exposed passengers currently has an active form of the disease, an earlier CDC study found other cases of transmission (from a flight attendant to other crew members, for example).

Although the agency says the risk of transmission is low, it warns that those with infectious TB should avoid taking commercial carriers.

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