A homeless woman wandering Tampa streets with tuberculosis was found Tuesday night and taken to the hospital, said Tampa police Lt. Mark Scott.
Sarah Williams, who also goes by the name of Sarah Owens, was found at around 7:50 p.m. near Dale Mabry Highway and Swann Avenue, Scott said.
Tampa police called for an ambulance that took her to Tampa General Hospital, Scott said.
Williams, 53, had gone to Tampa General Hospital and was administered a tuberculosis test. Before she learned the result was positive, she left the hospital at around noon Saturday.
A doctor who treated her contacted Tampa police the next day to inform them Williams had left before learning she tested positive.
Tuberculosis can be fatal if not treated. However, the chances of it being passed to others aren't great, said Steve Huard, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Health Department.
The disease is transmitted through droplets such as from a cough or sneeze and normally is not transmitted through casual contact, Huard said. A tuberculosis patient would have to cough repeatedly over time near another person to transmit the disease, he said.