NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County district judge has ordered a person with tuberculosis to be confined at a state health center.
Sheriff Thomas Kerss said the person, whose identity is being withheld, will be taken to the Texas Institute for Infectious Diseases in San Antonio on January 3, under an agreed order of confinement.
Judge Campbell Cox approved the order in a civil committal hearing on Thursday.
Kerss said the case was brought to Cox's courtroom by the Department of State Health Services.
"This is very rare," Kerss said. "We've had many mental hearings but I can't remember ever dealing with a hearing involving an infectious disease."
Kerss said the person will have until January 3 to get their affairs in order, with the understanding that they will not put others at risk.
Kerss said hearings like this one are not normally necessary because most with infectious diseases take appropriate measures to be treated and not spread the disease.