Prosecutors in Northern California have issued an arrest warrant for a man with tuberculosis who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting the public at risk.
The case of Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, is of particular concern for public health officials because he hails from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, according to the San Joaquin County district attorney's office.
Tuberculosis -- a contagious lung infection -- is transmitted through the air in the droplets emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. If left untreated, it can be deadly.
The $100,000 arrest warrant posted on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page described Cruz as standing 5-foot-4 and weighing 130 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.
Though officials can't force Cruz to accept medical treatment, they can use the court system to isolate him from the public, although it was unclear where they would hold him if he is found.