Tuberculosis infected escaped prisoner recaptured in Jamaica
Christopher Bowen, also known as "Lectro" and "Chris," was undergoing treatment for a highly contagious form of the illness at the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica when he escaped from his guards, according to JamaicaObserver.com.
Colonel Sean Prendergast, the head of the Department of Corrections, said that the ill prisoner was recaptured near Harbor View in St. Andrew Parish, according to Go-Jamaica.com.
Prendergast thanked the public for their assistance in getting Bowen back behind bars. He said the prisoner has been taken back to the National Chest Hospital to continue treatment.
Bowen, who was in jail on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and aggravated robbery, was somehow able to free himself from his handcuffs before fleeing the hospital. The police immediately notified the area that Bowen posed a threat to public health.
Head of the School of Public Health at the University of Technology Professor Winston Davidson disagreed with the police assessment and said there was no cause for alarm. Davidson said that there is little risk of transmission because a large portion of Jamaicans have been administered the TB vaccine, known as BCG, according to RJRNewsOnline.com.