Not even a recent $500,000 casino heist is of more concern to the public than the Washington woman’s escapades.
According to the World Health Organization, TB kills more than 1.6 million people around the world every year. Drug treatments can be needed anywhere from six-24 months, and multi-drug resistance is also becoming a serious issue.
TB is not as great of an issue in the USA but is still considered a highly-dangerous and lethal disease.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department said that it never wanted this ordeal to escalate to its current status and would have preferred if the woman underwent the regular treatment under her own power.
Treatment includes the use of a combination of drugs and, in many instances, isolation.
"We are always hopeful a patient will choose to comply voluntarily," said the department in a statement. "Seeking to enforce a court order through a civil arrest warrant is always our last resort."
This is the third time in the past 20 years that the department has pursued a court order to forcibly treat a patient with TB that is a risk to public health.
The woman can be held for up to 45 days for treatment or until she is no longer a public safety risk.
The woman, who has an attorney representing her, did not appear in court Friday. Perhaps she would have been better off accepting the usual treatment and frequenting an online casino.