Hospital, Private Security Firm Lose Track of TB Patient

A tuberculosis patient vanished from Presbyterian Hospital after he was court-ordered to receive treatment. The New Mexico Department of Health had hired a private security firm to ensure he received 14 days of therapy.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A tuberculosis patient ordered by the courts to get treatment vanished from Presbyterian Hospital. He was supposed to be monitored around the clock.

The man has a history of refusing treatment, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, KRQE reports. The department got a court order to hospitalize and isolate the man, and hired a private security firm to ensure he received 14 days of therapy.

The patient was taped by Presbyterian’s security cameras leaving the hospital.

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