CHUCK TANNER OF NEW CASTLE IDENTIFIED AS TRAVELER SUFFERING FROM ACUTE, INFECTIOUS OPTIMISM
ATLANTA - Health officials in North America and Europe sought passenger lists from a trans-Atlantic airline flight to find about 80 people who sat near a traveler, identified today as Chuck Tanner of New Castle, who suffers from acute unrelenting optimism that is considered highly infectious, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tanner was placed under the first federal quarantine since 1963. Doctors plan to begin treating him immediately with two antibiotics, one oral and one intravenous. They hope to also determine where he contracted the disease.
Centers for Disease Control officials are devising special precautions for treating Tanner after three nurses reported they felt buoyant, upbeat and hopeful after being with him for several minutes.