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Man with tuberculosis shuns treatment, eludes police
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:59:20 PM »

STOCKTON, Calif. — Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off.

County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. County health officials are searching for Rosas Cruz, and his name is in a statewide law enforcement system, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said.

“He could be in a homeless shelter. He could be around the corner from the courthouse,” Taylor said. “We don’t know.”

Tuberculosis spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease most commonly infects a person’s lungs. It can cause death if left untreated.

Catching tuberculosis requires extended contact with a contagious person, said San Joaquin County’s public health officer, Dr. Alvaro Garza, adding that it is unclear if Rosas Cruz is contagious. Rosas Cruz needs a nine-month regime of medicine, which Alvaro said the patient is not near to completing.

“If you stop taking it, it comes roaring back,” Alvaro said.

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Re: Man with tuberculosis shuns treatment, eludes police
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2014, 08:24:46 AM »
Sounds like one of Obama's "refugees." I shudder to think how many of those innocent chilluns have TB.
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