TB Patient Charged for Not Taking Medication

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tuberculosis patient has been charged in
California after authorities said he failed to take medication for
the highly contagious disease.

Thirty-four-year-old Armando Rodriguez of Stockton was arrested
on Tuesday.

San Joaquin County prosecutors have charged him with two counts
of refusing to comply with a tuberculosis order to be at home and
make appointments to take his medication.

Rodriguez was diagnosed with the disease by a county health
center in April.

He is accused of missing an appointment at the health center and
not being home on three occasions when officials went to observe
him take the drugs.

Rodriguez is expected to be arraigned on Thursday. Prosecutors
say he will likely be appointed a public defender.

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