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Officials Issue Arrest Warrant for California Man with Tuberculosis

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:39:42 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif.) -- Officials in Northern California issued an arrest warrant for a man with tuberculosis who has refused treatment.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz is putting the public at risk, according to Stockton Police, as a result of his failure to comply with a medical order.

The 25-year-old missed his last appointment at San Joaquin County Public Health. Officials are raising concerns as Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of the disease, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He is described as a 5'4" Hispanic man, weighing 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, according to law enforcement. A photo can be found on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page.

"His disease may grow again and then he may become contagious and right now we actually don't even know if he is or is not contagious, because we haven't been able to find him," said Alvaro Garza of the  San Joaquin County Public Health Department.

Anyone with information on Cruz's location is asked to contact authorities or the health department at 209-468-3992.

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