TB patient in U.K. returns to hospital for court ordered treatment

A Lancashire, United Kingdom man with tuberculosis who failed to attend medical treatment sessions has turned himself in at a Lancashire hospital.
The Health Protection Agency had contacted the Wyre Council, which issued a court order for Gary Clayden, of no fixed address, to be quarantined at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment of TB. The order was not used because the patient went to the hospital voluntarily, the BBC reports.
Clayden has had TB for 12 months but had not been turning up for treatment. The judge granted the application that would have forced Clayden to receive treatment because he may have caused a public health risk.
"Under Section 45G of the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, the council was granted a court order that required him to be removed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, detained there and kept in isolation or quarantine for 28 days," the Wyre Council said in a statement, according to the BBC. "Without the treatment, the possibility of him becoming resistant to treatment increases, which in turn could pose a significant risk to public health."
TB is a slow-developing and serious bacterial infection that most commonly affects the lungs, but can affect almost any part of the body. The disease is spread when someone with the infection sneezes, coughs or talks and another person breaths in the bacteria. Prolonged contact is usually needed to cause infection. TB treatments are effective in most cases but it is important for an entire course of treatment, which takes six months, to be completed.