Immigrant with TB ordered isolated in Illinois

The story is short, so far.   An immigrant (likely a refugee) from Congo has been ordered by a judge to wear a GPS tracking device and not leave home for 30 days.  He has already infected his girl friend.   Hat tip:  Blulitespecial

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — A tuberculosis patient who failed to take precautions to avoid spreading the illness will be tracked by GPS and could go to jail if he violates court orders requiring him to remain isolated.

Champaign County Circuit Judge John Kennedy imposed those conditions Tuesday on 20-year-old Clasance Botembe, who is originally from Congo.

Health officials and prosecutors say Botembe failed to take precautions to avoid spreading the disease. Court records say his girlfriend got TB after being exposed to him.

Botembe is being treated at home. He, the judge and others wore masks during the hearing.

Botembe will be isolated for 30 days. He could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if he defies the judge’s order.

Since we are allowing refugees to enter the US with Tuberculosis, I expect we will be hearing of more such cases.

Here is a list of all the posts we have written that involve refugees and tuberculosis.  For a variety of health issues involving refugees see our Health issues category.

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