Authorities in Durham have arrested a man for skipping his mandatory tuberculosis treatments since November.
Thomas Eugene Harris was ordered held in the Durham County Jail
pending a 50-thousand dollars secured bond and appropriate medical
treatment. He is charged under the terms of a state law that gives
county health departments the authority to require people to be
examined and tested if they have a communicable disease.
The officers who arrested him and the magistrate who booked him
into the jail wore masks over their mouths. Harris was detained
Sunday as an armed robbery suspect, fitting the description of a
man who tried to rob a woman in her driveway on Saturday.
Durham County Health Department officials won't say how many
people Harris might have infected. All the people who have been in
close contact with Harris have been notified and will be tested.