Memphis Man Locked Up For Refusing Tuberculosis Treatment

Memphis Man Locked Up For Refusing Tuberculosis Treatment

Locked up for refusing treatment. A Memphis man who has tuberculosis is in trouble with the law because he won't get treated.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Locked up for refusing treatment.

A Memphis man who has tuberculosis is in trouble with the law because he won't get treated.

Because of privacy laws we won't reveal the man's name.

He's locked up in the prison ward of the med. Quarantined because of tuberculosis.

According to investigators with the Shelby County healthy dept, a 45-year-old Memphis man suffering from tuberculosis is refusing treatment so they had him locked up.

"This is a very serious disease," said Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

Potter signs arrest warrants for tuberculosis patients that won't seek medical help.

"You can't permit the public to be endangered by these diseases," Potter said. "The health department, CDC, and court system are all concerned about making sure TB is contained."

Judge potter said the tuberculosis law "is probably one of most stricter laws we have."

Dr. Steven Threlkeld specializes in infectious diseases. He said it is always a concern.

"It's always a big public health concern," Threlkeld said. "TB can be a fatal infection. The public health system demand they take medication or they have to be detained."

Judge Potter says a person can be held for a indeterminate time until they're cured.
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