Missing Man with Drug-Resistant TB Wanted by Health Officials, Police

Augustin Zeferino, 24, May Be Contagious and a Risk to Others

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Augustin Zeferino, a 24-year-old man diagnosed with drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), was last seen in Santa Barbara’s North County about two weeks ago, according to public health spokesperson Susan Klein-Rothschild. He is wanted by health officials, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. If he’s contagious, Zeferino is a “public health emergency,” officials announced Friday morning.

Augustin Zeferino
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SBC Public Health Department

Augustin Zeferino

About 24 patients are diagnosed with the infectious disease in the county each year, according to Dr. Charity Thoman. Last year, at least one person died in the county from the disease. Tuberculosis is an airborne illness that can be fatal without proper treatment. That’s particularly true for drug-resistant cases.

Especially concerning for health workers is that, in Santa Barbara County, 30-40 percent of current tuberculosis cases are drug-resistant whereas 10 percent of the 2,100 cases in the state are drug-resistant, Thoman said. “We have had an outbreak of drug-resistant for a year in Santa Maria,” she said, and added that the department tests every patient for a drug-resistant case. (An outbreak is defined as three or more cases, according to the Center for Disease Control).

It takes 18-24 months to treat drug-resistant TB while it takes 6-9 months to treat a normal case of TB, Thoman said. When a patient is identified as having drug-resistant tuberculosis, the county department works with the state health department, she added. The patient is monitored every day through a program called Drug Observed Therapy (DOT), in which a staff member makes a home visit to a patient’s house to administer the medication.

Klein-Rothschild declined to give out further information about Zeferino, but she said the department has an obligation to spread the word because “there might be a risk to others.” Klein-Rothschild said officials have worked with him in the past.


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Still don't want to secure the border?

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Meet.... "paciencia cero"

audidriver2010 (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Two words: DREAM ACT

vonG (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's show how ignorant and racist we are by making comments that reference the guy's ethnicity, race, color, face with political catch phrases. Yay.

spacey (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Botany: "Still don't want to secure the border?"

So let's check the Botany scorecard:

White cop shoots unarmed black kid, he sides with the white cop. White Christian extremists harass African-American professor, he sides with the White Christian extremists. Someone of presumably Latin American descent gets TB, and he makes racially charged, baseless implications about that person's immigration status.

We're all learning a lot about you, and it's pretty gross...

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How does anyone know what his immigration status is?

How many illegal immigrants get health care? I can assure you, they would be too scared to do so.

Dream Act: This bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment.

POSSIBLY, he was born here, with parents here. But, I do not KNOW.

Once again, dumbed-down political discussion with bumper sticker meaningless sentences.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 2:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany, control your posts, you've been exposed for what you are by ETR. Deal with it, brother.

DavyBrown (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, some imagination you guys have. Since when does TB have racial overtones?

The fact is that TB is more prevelant in 3rd world countries than in the USA. Anyone deny it? Still don't want to have immigrants screened?

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My illegal alien house keepers go to Cottage all of the time, including their 20+ illegal family members, so yea, they use it. Talk to folks at Cottage as their numbers are staggering.
Oh yea ETR-the cop is innocent until proven guilty, the nutty pseudo professor IS GUILTY, and third world levels of TB are incredibly high. I doubt if there are hordes of well to do, first world foreigners trying to get here with TB.

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 5:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Insecure borders do not screen for illegal immigrant health status. That is the threat to public health that comes from insecure borders.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 5:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just watched this story on keyt news....

I have 2 questions...

1) WHY did it take the Health department 2 WEEKS to notify the public?

2) He was in a Medical facility, and signed a contract to seek healthcare...... WHY DID THEY ALLOW HIM TO LEAVE THEIR FACILITY IF HE WAS SO HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS?

I think some heads should roll over this

retprotector (anonymous profile)
August 22, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"White Christian extremists harass African-American professor, he sides with the White Christian extremists."

That is, quite possibly, the most factually twisted description of what actually happened on campus that day that I have ever read.

DarkMarcsun (anonymous profile)
August 23, 2014 at 2:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Twisted is ETR's middle name, and it describes his personality perfectly.

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 23, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Botany: "Twisted is ETR's middle name, and it describes his personality perfectly."

And I figure 'Botany' is derived from your ability to cultivate whatever it is you're currently smoking... or maybe it's due to the fact that you're about as smart as a potted plant.

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
August 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

TB is deadly, One assumes the hospital told him he could kill his family and friends if he leaves the hospital. That's the definition of stupid.
Only one example trumps this moron; Liberians taking all the ebola patients out of the ebola ward, telling them it's all made up by foreigners, there is no ebola.
No matter whether he's a citizen or not, he'll pay for his stupidity when he and his friends die, or are permanently damaged due to him.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
August 24, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Political Correctness=When the truth is offensive

garfish (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2014 at 12:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"I have 2 questions...

1) WHY did it take the Health department 2 WEEKS to notify the public?"

Because this is probably a fake/manufactured incident designed to polarize the public on the issue of immigration.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There is no evidence that journalist Mark Foley was not assassinated by the ISIS, but there is no evidence other than a picture of (his?) decapitated head that he was actually killed.

The video by the ISIS showing his assassination was definitely staged and Foley was not even injured on camera:

They show a knife 'cutting' into his neck several times, but there's no blood in the video....then it fades to black and later a picture is shown of what appears to be his decapitated head. Why not show the actual act itself? Too brutal for the ISIS? Also, there is a point in the video where it appears there was a cut during his speech so they probably had to do a re-take.

Then we have this, it looks like the leader of the ISIS was trained by Mossad, who is responsible for creating the ISIS:

"The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”.

NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”.

Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech."

Once you realize most of the stuff in the news is made up, things begin making a lot more sense.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2014 at 1:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Confirmed by sources: Illegal immigrant.

Celebrate! Open Borders Now!
Let's do a march up State St.
Get a drum!

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2014 at 5:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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