Judge orders TB patient into isolation

January 22, 2009 1:19:18 PM PST
A tuberculosis patient who failed to take precautions to avoid spreading the illness will be tracked by GPS and could go to jail if he violates court orders requiring him to remain isolated. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

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 got TB after being exposed to him.

Botembe is being treated at home. He, the judge and others wore masks during the hearing.

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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