Criminal Justice

Calif. Man Is Criminally Charged to Force Compliance with Tuberculosis Treatment Plan

A California man has been criminally charged after allegedly failing to comply with a San Joaquin County health department-mandated treatment plan for his highly contagious tuberculosis.

Armando Rodriguez, 34, is accused of violating a health department order, according to the Associated Press and the L.A. Now blog of the Los Angeles Times.

He was supposed to be arraigned on Wednesday, but is not permitted in a courtroom until he passes several health tests.

“Rodriguez is charged with failing to comply with an order of the health department for tuberculosis control,” said prosecutor Stephen Taylor. “Really, we do have so few cases because the health department does a heroic job of working with people and getting them to cooperate.”

Related coverage: “Masked Judge Orders Hotel Confinement, GPS Monitoring for TB Patient” “11th Circuit Must Decide: Did Lawyer with TB Plead a Sufficient Case Against CDC?”

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