Judge orders tuberculosis patient into isolation

By The Associated Press

A Champaign tuberculosis patient will be tracked by GPS and could go to jail if he violates court orders that he remain isolated while being treated.

Champaign County Circuit Judge John Kennedy imposed those conditions on 20-year-old Clasance Botembe on Wednesday.

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

Ventilation was closed in the room at the county Health Department where Botembe appeared. Botembe, the judge and others in the room wore masks.

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

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