U.K. man detained for TB treatment

A man in the United Kingdom has been detained under the Public Health Act to prevent him from developing a rare strain of tuberculosis that can be difficult to treat.
The man was being treated in the community but failed to take his medication. As a result, he was in danger of developing a drug resistant strain that poses an increased risk to those who come into contact with him, Mills & Reeve LLP reports.
Because he posed a risk to public health, he was ordered to be kept alone in a hospital room to complete his court of treatment. The local council worked with the Health Protection Agency and the Primary Care Trusts to apply for the order under Section 45G of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. The order required that the man be moved to the hospital, detained there and kept in isolation for 28 days.
The order was subsequently renewed and his detention will likely keep him there until the end of the year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which typically attacks the lungs. TB spreads through the air when a person with active TB sneezes, speaks, sings or coughs. Drug resistant TB requires a longer course of treatment than standard active TB.