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TB Patient from Arkansas Flees Hospital

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Franklin Greenwood, 50, was placed under isolation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital on June 29. He was seen coughing up blood outside the building for traffic court. After being held at the hospital for a few days Greenwood broke a window and fled the hospital. Hosptial authorities kept a civilian worker outside his room so he would be unable to leave.

Arkansas health officials said that the form of tuberculosis that Greenwood had was treatable, unlike Georgia lawyer Andrew Speaker, but it was still contagious. A UAMS spokesperson Leslie Taylor stated that the hospital had no authoirty to hold the man against his will, but still left a guard outside his room. State police were told to keep an eye out for Greenwood.