As per the California law, patients with drug-resistant cases of Tuberculosis have to undergo the treatment for around 18 to 24 months. However, as per the officials of Santa Barbara County Health Department Officials, the treatment was discontinued by a 24 year old Augustin Zeferino.
A warrant for the arrest of Zeferino has been issued and health officials and police are asking anyone with the knowledge of the location to contact the local authorities by dialing 911.
Curing tuberculosis is possible with an appropriate treatment, said Dr. Charity Thoman, the County health official in a press release. Without treatment, it proves to be fatal, and a public health threat is posed owing to airborne transmission. This is true particularly for drug-resistant cases. If Mr. Zeferino is contagious and if he is out in the community, it would prove to be a public health emergency.
Tuberculosis is basically a bacterial disease and most commonly the lungs are attacked. However, the other parts of the body can also be infected by it such as brain, spine and the kidney.
The rates of tuberculosis are up in the world and health officials have the worry about the drug-resistant strands of the disease and gaining steam. In the year 2012, there were more than a million who died.
TB competes with AIDS and HIV as the no. one killer among other infectious diseases, says the director of WHO Global Tuberculosis Program, Mario Raviglione. There are around 450,000 new drug-resistant cases of TB every year and this is the most scary part of TB as one is left with few options of treating people, majority of which are toxic.
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