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US Could Not Catch Mexican With TB

by EdH / October 18, 2007 7:23 AM PDT

The Mexican national traveled to the United States 76 times in the past year, even though Mexican and U.S. authorities knew he was infected with a contagious strain of tuberculosis. However, the Mexican clinic that had been treating the man, which is affiliated with the Texas Health department, unknowingly provided a fake name to U.S. authorities, the official said. The Washington Times first reported the episode in Thursday's editions.

The man crossed the U.S. border 21 times between April 16 and May 31, using his real name and real travel documents, said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel. The federal Centers for Disease Control would not provide the man's real or fake names for privacy reasons, but the official who was briefed on the case said his real name is Amado Amaya. Amaya took several flights in the U.S. between April and June, the official said.

Customs officials sent out a nationwide alert to look for the man on April 16, but officials were not able to catch him because the alert was for the man's pseudonym, Friel said.

Not a rich maroon, so I guess we shouldn't be concerned.
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