Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
By Brian Hayes
Prosecutors in Northern California have obtained a statewide $100,000 arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and is likely contagious, putting anyone he comes into contact with at great risk.
Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old illegal alien, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off.
County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. County health officials are searching for Rosas Cruz, and his name is in a statewide law enforcement system, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said, according to the DailyMail.
Tuberculosis spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease most commonly infects a person’s lungs. It can cause death if left untreated. Catching tuberculosis requires extended contact with a contagious person, said San Joaquin County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Alvaro Garza.
Rosas Cruz needs a nine-month regime of medicine, which Alvaro said the patient is not even close to completing.
In court papers filed in support of the warrant, public health officials say Rosas Cruz resisted treatment from the start. He also uses crack cocaine and methamphetamine.
California’s new laws prohibiting the detainment of illegal aliens who haven’t been convicted of so-called “serious crimes” have ensured that Cruz has been able to evade both ICE detainers and deportation, while remaining as a serious health risk in the United States.
Top Right News contacted Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, asking why Cruz was not detained given his immigration status and health condition, but did not respond by press time.
The Obama Administration has come under harsh attack for its failure to properly screen illegal aliens for contagious diseases during the current mass border crossing, as TRN has reported in numerous articles. One border agent said they are seeing diseases “that we haven’t seen in decades.”