In Washington State, a woman has been arrested as she was refusing to take the treatment for her Tuberculosis for more than a year.
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A woman from Washington State has been arrested for not taking medication for Tuberculosis for more than a year.
According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, an unidentified woman was taken to the Pierce County Jail, housed in a room for testing, treatment, and isolation. The department said thank you to Pierce County Sheriff for their role in the necessary intervention.
The department also made a statement that the woman will have to choose to get the life-saving treatment for her tuberculosis. It is essential for her to treat her disease now. According to the department, the woman refused to take the life-saving medication and did not stay isolated a month ago.
The officials had worked with her family in order to persuade her to get the necessary treatment. But she didn’t agree to the treatment. After trying many times, the only option the department left with was to issue a warrant against the woman.
The woman was held in civil contempt by a judge for violating the order of not taking the necessary medication for her tuberculosis and not going into isolation. In the past 20 years, it was the third time the court ordered the detainment of a potentially contagious patient who refused treatment.
However, People are dying from tuberculosis if they are not treated on time. And also, they can expose others to the virus. According to law enforcement, the woman needs to be detained immediately after the warrant was issued. But it was Thursday.
It is challenging to handle a person who doesn’t want to take medication or isolate themselves. In this case, we could connect with a person’s family or friends to help. It is essential to remove any barriers that may interfere in getting them the treatment.