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Man Who Refused Tuberculosis Treatment Held In Isolation At California Jail

Eduardo Rosas Cruz in an undated photo released by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz in an undated photo released by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.  (AP )

A man is being held in isolation at a Central California jail on allegations he has refused to submit to an exam to check for tuberculosis.

The Fresno Bee reports that 59-year-old Steven Reyes was scheduled to be arraigned remotely from his Fresno County jail cell Wednesday, but a judge had difficulty hearing him and continued the hearing until Monday. He is facing a misdemeanor charge.

According to court records, Reyes was deemed a sexually violent predator and committed to a state hospital in December. Authorities say he has since shown symptoms of TB disease, the active, contagious form of the illness. But they say he has refused to take a chest X-ray to determine whether he has the condition.

Reyes' case is similar to one in San Joaquin County, where authorities arrested 25-year-old Eduardo Rosas Cruz last month on charges he has refused TB treatment.

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