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Arizona health officials say passenger doesn’t have TB

PHOENIX — Authorities in Phoenix said tests indicated a passenger whose
presence on a flight from Texas caused a tuberculosis scare doesn’t have the
infectious disease.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health spokeswoman Jeanine Fowler said the
man was notified Monday night that he doesn’t have TB and an order keeping him
grounded has been lifted. It’s believed he’s already left Phoenix on another

The federal government issued a do-not-board order for the man but he was
already on a US Airways Express flight from Austin on Saturday when the airline
received word. The Arizona Republic reported federal health officials said Texas
authorities were first alerted to the issue by a physician associated with the

Other passengers were briefly kept on the plane after it landed until after
responders removed the man.


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