TB patient ordered to undergo medical treatment at South Carolina facility

An Augusta man with a possible case of active tuberculosis who twice ran afoul of public health safety rules was involuntarily committed to a treatment facility Monday.

After a Richmond County Superior Court hearing conducted at the jail where Richard Pearre Jr. has been held since his arrest last week, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly ordered Pearre to undergo treatment at the closest facility in Columbia.

Pearre stopped complying with the medication treatment in April and the Richmond County Health Department sought a court order to force Pearre to continue with the treatment.

On May 31, Pearre agreed to begin treatment again and Jolly released him from custody. He was arrested again Thursday after he made an office visit without wearing the protective mask worn to stop the spread of TB, which is an airborne infectious disease.

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