MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Arrest warrant issued over TB treatment

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Prince George, British Columbia, woman who allegedly failed to take her medication for the bacterial infection tuberculosis.
William Osei, the Prince George medical health officer, said that the woman, Freda Lynn Evans, was officially ordered to complete her treatment but did not comply. Osei said that Evans is now a walking health hazard, CBC News reports.
“She’s a danger to the public," Osei said, according to CBC News. “She can transfer the tuberculosis to you or to anyone.”
Once police locate Evans, she'll be detained in a special TB treatment facility at the Prince George Regional Correctional Center. Canada's revised Public Health Act gives medical health officers the authority to seek a judge's permission to detain patients, forcing them to accept treatment.
This incident is the first time such an order has been issued in B.C.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium. The bacteria spreads through the air from one person to another through coughing, sneezing, speaking or singing. The bacteria typically attacks the lungs but can attack any part of the body, including the spine, kidney or brain. Not everyone who becomes infected with TB bacteria becomes sick and, as a result, a person may have latent TB infection or active TB disease.