TB Patient Released from Hospital

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Denver (AP) Hospital officials say the tuberculosis patient who sparked an international public health scare in May, Andrew Speaker, was released from National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver this morning after successfully completing inpatient treatment.

The 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer had arrived in Denver for treatment May 31st.

National Jewish spokesman William Allstetter says Speaker has returned to an undisclosed location in Georgia, but is not at a hospital.

Speaker has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially thought he had extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis which is more difficult to treat.

The hospital says Speaker will continue antibiotic treatment for about two years.

The doctors who treated him at National Jewish don't consider him to be completely cured, but officials say a lung operation and antibiotic treatments “have eliminated any detectable evidence of infection.”

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