MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Texas court orders man to be treated for TB

A Nacogdoches, Texas, man has been court-ordered to the Texas Institute for Infectious Disease in San Antonio due to his potentially contagious case of tuberculosis.
The Texas Department of State Health Services informed the local court that the man was a threat to the community. Sheriff Thomas Kerss said that becsuse the man is about to be removed from Nacogdoches and hospitalized for an extended period of time, he was allowed until January 3 to get his affairs in order. He will be taken to San Antonio on Tuesday morning, KETK NBC reports.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium, which usually attacks the lungs, but can attack any part of the body, including the spine, kidney and brain. The disease spreads through the air from one person to another when one person with active TB disease sneezes, speaks, coughs or sneezes. People nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected. TB is not spread by sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes, shaking someone's hand or kissing.
TB can be fatal if it is not treated properly.
While this is an unusual process, Sheriff Kerss asserts that it is within the limits of the law, according to KETK NBC.