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may 30 2007

Instant survey on "Patient Zero"

As you've no doubt heard, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking to contact travelers who flew on Czech Air flight 104 on May 24, 2007, from Prague to Montreal. The reason: Passengers on that flight may have been exposed to a drug-resistant version of tuberculosis, or TB. (Details here.) The patient was probably not very infectious, says the CDC, but it's erring on the side of caution. The best coverage of the case has been provided by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in this story.

So, we're having an instant reader survey: What would you suggest officials do the next time they know that a traveler is carrying a highly contagious disease?

Feel free to post your comments below or email us at letters@budgettravel.com. Best answers will be forwarded to CDC officials. (And if you're concerned that you or someone you know was on the flight, know that the CDC number for public inquiries is 1-800-CDC-INFO.)

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