TB explained

A couple weeks ago, when I spoke to Glen Nowak, director of media relations at the CDC, about the Andrew Speaker/Tuberculosis situation, he emphasized...

A couple weeks ago, when I spoke to Glen Nowak, director of media relations at the CDC, about the Andrew Speaker/Tuberculosis situation, he emphasized the need to further the public's education on testing for the disease.
“Tuberculosis testing isn’t like pregnancy testing – it’s not an either you are or you aren’t – it’s more complicated,” Nowak said. “So we’ve had our experts explain what’s involved. Another challenge is people don’t realize there aren’t rapid diagnosis tests.”

Today comes a lengthy story in the New York Times explaining the difficulties involved with TB testing. The piece sheds a lot of light on just how difficult a task the CDC had in communicating with the public in the wake of the Speaker situation.

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