The Atlanta, Ga., lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis could soon be allowed to make escorted trips outside his Denver, Colo. hospital room - that’s if a crucial test finds him no danger to others.
Andrew Speaker has had two negative tests for the bacteria in his saliva and phlegm. The hospital said results of the third test are expected this week. If the third test is also negative, Speaker would be considered “relatively non-contagious” and could leave his room.
Speaker’s strain has resisted at least ten of the 14 drugs available for treating TB. Surgery is still an option.