A Northern California transient diagnosed with tuberculosis and wanted for creating a public health risk by refusing treatment has been arrested, officials said.
Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was arrested Monday during a traffic stop in Kern County, ABC7 reported.
He was diagnosed in March when he went to an emergency room complaining of a severe cough, officials said. Medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton hotel room, where a health worker would deliver medicine and watch him take it.
But instead Cruz disappeared, ending treatment and putting the public at risk, prosecutors said.
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.
Though officials can't force Cruz to accept medical treatment, they can use the court system to isolate him from the public. He must be medically cleared before he is sent back to San Joaquin County, which could take weeks.