Prosecutors in Northern California have issued an arrest warrant for a man with tuberculosis who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting the public at risk.
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The case of Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, is of particular concern for public health officials because he hails from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, according to the San Joaquin County district attorney’s office.
Authorities became aware of Cruz, who was described as a transient, after he went to San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March complaining of a severe cough and shortness of breath, KCRA-TV reported.
After he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, the station reported, officials at the hospital told Cruz a health worker would meet him at a Stockton motel room and watch him take his medication, but he took off and authorities say he hasn’t been seen since.
“He could be in a homeless shelter. He could be around the corner from the courthouse,” Deputy District Atty. Stephen Taylor told the station. “We don’t know.”