Arrest warrant issued for Santa Barbara TB patient

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This undated photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Health Department shows Agustin Zeferino, a 24-year-old male from Southern California who has a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Officials have issued an arrest warrant for Zeferino. SANTA BARBARA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT — AP Photo

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Barbara man with a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis was wanted on an arrest warrant Friday so he can complete treatment, health officials said.

Agustin Zeferino, 24, discontinued treatment for the disease two weeks ago, Santa Barbara County Health Department officials said. Zeferino poses a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with him, the department said.

“We do everything we can to enable and give patients incentives to be compliant with receiving treatments,” said Charity Thoman, the tuberculosis controller for Santa Barbara County. “This is the most dangerous form of tuberculosis and it can be life-threatening if it goes untreated.”

Written by BY KRYSTA FAURIA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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