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AbledALERT-USA Post Banner shows a photo of 25 year old Eduardo Rosas Cruz who hails from a part of Mexico known for drug-resistant tuberculosis. His photo is set against a black and white x-ray of human lungs that show a tuberculosis infection. The headline reads: Emergency: Manhunt For Missing Contagious Tuberculosis Patient in Northern California.

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. 

Source: CDC

Yes. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

TB is NOT spread by

  • shaking someone’s hand
  • sharing food or drink
  • touching bed linens or toilet seats
  • sharing toothbrushes
  • kissing

Source: CDC

If you see Eduardo Rosas Cruz, do not approach him. Immediately dial 9-1-1 or call Stockton police or San Joaquin County health officials at (209) 468-3992.

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UPDATE: Contagious TB Suspect Arrested And Detained

 

From: The Bakersfield Californian | By: Ruth Brown

When deputies stopped Eduardo Rosas Cruz’s vehicle Monday evening in Lamont, they didn’t treat him like they would any other traffic violation.

He was ordered to put on a protective face mask they gave him. They put on masks, too, as well as latex gloves.

Deputies hadn’t stopped the 25-year-old Cruz for speeding or unsafe driving. He’d been the subject of an ongoing Central Valley manhunt since March, and they recognized his car.

Cruz, a transient who’s a Mexican national, is infected with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or TB. He’d been ordered to take medication after being diagnosed in March at French Camp’s San Joaquin General Hospital emergency room. He had complained of a cough and shortness of breath. Court records also show he had used crack cocaine and methamphetamine for the past year.

A San Joaquin County public health nurse said in court documents she had ordered Cruz to stay in isolation in his Stockton hotel room for treatment of his TB. Instead, he fled.

State law allows county public health officials to request arrest warrants be filed by the county district attorney’s office in some matters of public health. And that’s what Stephen Taylor, San Joaquin County’s deputy district attorney, did.

TB is caused by inhaling a bacteria — commonly spread through the air by coughing and sneezing — and usually attacks the lungs. The bacteria, however, can affect any part of the body such as the kidneys, spine and brain. People with compromised immune systems, such as the homeless, those with HIV and AIDS, and inmates, are particularly susceptible. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal.

Taylor said it is common for TB patients who are addicts to not take their medication and ignore the potential public danger in order to find drugs.

“TB meds have side effects,” Taylor said. “It’s difficult to get high (while on them) so it will push them into withdrawal. So they have to take more narcotics to get high.”

At any given time, San Joaquin County Public Health Services handles about 50 TB cases with patients who are under orders to take medications, Taylor said. Most of the people not complying are active drug users, he said.

Once Cruz bolted, deputies and police throughout San Joaquin County had been searching for him at homeless shelters and jails throughout the county.

After learning he might be in Bakersfield, Kern County deputies received information on the type of vehicle he was driving. They spotted Cruz around 8:10 p.m. Monday, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Deputies stopped him near Bonita Road and Velma Avenue in Lamont on the public health safety warrant out of San Joaquin County. He was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment.

Read the rest of the story at The Bakersfield Californian

Arrest Warrant Issued For Eduardo Rosas Cruz

If sighted, call Stockton Police or San Joaquin County health officials at (209) 468-3992

From LA Times | Jason Wells

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.

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.”

Tuberculosis — a contagious lung infection — is transmitted through the air in the droplets emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. If left untreated, it can be deadly.

The $100,000 arrest warrant posted on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page described Cruz as standing 5-foot-4 and weighing 130 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Though officials can’t force Cruz to accept medical treatment, they can use the court system to isolate him from the public, although it was unclear where they would hold him if he is found.

If located, the public was urged to contact Stockton police or San Joaquin County health officials at (209) 468-3992.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

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