Arrest Warrant Issued for Guy Refusing TB Treatment
Eduardo Rosas Cruz could be putting others at risk
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office shows Eduardo Rosas Cruz.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Prosecutors in Northern California said yesterday they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious. 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.

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. In court papers filed in support of the warrant, public health officials say Rosas Cruz resisted treatment from the start. He also uses crack cocaine and methamphetamine, officials said.

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Corsica
Jul 28, 2014 8:34 AM CDT
These disease carrying illegal alien bastards are so fkg arrogant. Let's hope he stays within his own illegal alien group.
ClassicGamer86
Jul 27, 2014 6:42 PM CDT
If you want to ruin your own body, that's your privilege. Yes, PRIVILEGE, not RIGHT. People messed up and left their butts and ashes everywhere, now you all gotta pay for it. No whining and crying. You should have thought of that when leaving your butts and ashes lying around. Those toxins are still there and they're going into OUR oceans!
orlandojon
Jul 26, 2014 8:28 AM CDT
The media always leaves the most important part out. This is yet another illegal alien and they are bringing diseases across the border that we eradicate 50 years ago. The public is at risk but votes and cheap labor are more important to Democrats and Republicans than public safety