Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Doomsday Countdown

Every once in a while when things are going well I like to reflect on the impending, inevitable destruction of humanity.

There are lots of reasons to suspect the end is near but the most recent is a virulent strain of tuberculosis has landed a Georgia man under quarantine by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. This is a pretty big deal considering the CDC hasn't placed a patient in isolation in over 40 years! So far this strain of TB has been resistant to all antibiotics.

The man traveled on two trans-atlantic flights before entering a medical isolation facility in NYC and then returning to Atlanta. So, there may be others affected out there! It's not the first time someone was diagnosed with this super-strain of TB (known as XDR TB - TB Xtreme!) but for some reason this case is requiring quarantine.

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