The man who traveled to Europe to get married despite being infected with a deadly form of tuberculosis has been identified as 31-year-old Andrew Speaker of Atlanta.
Speaker is a lawyer specializing in personal injury and family law. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of Georgia.
According to Fox News, Speaker attended the United States Naval Academy and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Georgia and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Speaker, who may have infected dozens of passengers during his trans-Atlantic air travels, worked with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office and the Oconee County District Attorney's office before going into private practice.
Sources say the newlywed chose to go into private practice so that he could represent injured people in personal injury cases.
Although Speaker knew he had TB when he traveled to Europe for his wedding and honeymoon, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper that he was unaware it was the drug-resistant strain.
Speaker was tracked down in Italy and warned by CDC officials, however, not to board another long flight back to the U.S. He chose to fly home anyways, bypassing a U.S. no-fly restriction by flying into Canada and driving back into the states.
Health officials in North America and Europe are trying to track down about 80 passengers who sat near him on the two trans-Atlantic flights, and they want passenger lists from five shorter flights Speaker took while in Europe.