SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an arrest warrant has been issued for a Southern California man with a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Santa Barbara County Health Department officials said Friday that 24-year-old Agustin Zeferino discontinued treatment for the disease two weeks ago.
They believe he is in the Santa Barbara area but don't know where.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a highly contagious and rare form of the disease that can be spread by coughing or sneezing. The department says Zeferino poses a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with him.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis can be life-threatening and is difficult to treat, but is curable.