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Tuberculosis scare on Saturday flight from Austin to Phoenix

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Some passengers on a Saturday flight from Austin to Phoenix might have been exposed to tuberculosis.

About 70 people on the US Airways Express flight were briefly kept on the plane after it landed in Phoenix, and some passengers said they were told to get tuberculosis tests and vaccinations.

US Airways spokesman Bill McGlahsen said the airline found out after the plane’s departure that a man on board had a "no fly" status because of an unspecified medical condition.

Responders boarded the plane once it landed in Phoenix and removed the man, who was asked to put on a medical mask.

Health officials said there was no immediate confirmation that the passenger has an infectious disease.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection involving the lungs, and it is spread through the air. The disease can be fatal.

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