Tuberculosis Privacy Suit Revived
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.October 26, 2010
A federal appeals court has revived a tuberculosis patient's lawsuit claiming that health officials publicized his condition to make an example of him, The Augusta Chronicle reports. Andrew Speaker's lawsuit claimed that doctors released his personal information after he flew to Greece despite his recent TB diagnosis. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it was a "plausible claim that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was the source of the disclosures at issue," reversing a lower court's decision to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that Speaker didn't show enough evidence that the CDC was to blame for the breach in Speaker's privacy, the report states.