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ado, where Speaker is being treated, said Speaker does not have a rare drug-resistant form of the disease, or XDR-TB.

Rather, he suffers from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which is still serious but is easier to treat, he said.

Speaker was the first person in more than four decades to be placed under mandatory isolation by US health authorities.

He was engaged to be married and in the thick of planning his May nuptials, when doctors found in January he was infected with TB. Because treatment was ineffective, he decided to check into a cutting-edge clinic in Denver after his honeymoon.

After their Greek wedding, the newlyweds flew to Italy for their honeymoon.

By then, US health officials had realized just how serious the case was and managed to contact Speaker in Rome. A CDC official told him to turn himself in to Italian health authorities to be placed in isolation.

"They told me I had been put on the no-fly list and my passport was flagged," he said on his return, insisting he had no intention of undergoing treatment in Italy.

To avoid detection, the couple flew to Montreal via Prague and then drove to the United States, where he called the CDC and agreed to head to an isolation hospital in New York. He was eventually transferred to Denver.

The CDC said his level of infectiousness was "quite low" but urged people who were sitting close to him on the transatlantic flights to contact authorities for testing.


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