Passengers on a US Airways flight destined for Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport Saturday were advised to get tuberculosis shots after flying with a man who had an actively contagious form of the disease.
US Airways spokesman Bill McGlahsen, who could not confirm the disease, told KNXV-TV the patient was cleared for flight, but while in midair from Austin, Texas, the man's status changed to "no-fly."
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Before the plane pulled up to the gate in Arizona, paramedics removed the patient and told fellow passengers they should consider getting a TB shot, according to KNXV.
The bacteria that cause the tuberculosis disease. The contagion is spread by coughing, sneezing and singing. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)
“I’m actually very concerned,” passenger Dean Davidson told The Arizona Republic. “I can’t imagine that others aren’t becoming more concerned as we have more time to ponder what happened and the lack of information.”
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McGlahsen told the newspaper that passengers should have all the information they need with regard to potential infection but the airline will "continue to follow up with passengers if necessary."
(H/T: Daily Mail)