(1) If a physician, the department, or a local health officer reasonably believes
that a person has tuberculosis and that the person is likely to attempt to leave the
jurisdiction to avoid a hearing on commitment, the physician, department, or local
health officer shall notify the sheriff of the county in which the person is found,
who shall cause the person to be detained in a hospital. At least by the next regular business day, the physician, department, or local health
officer shall petition for an order from the district court of the county in which
the person is found for continued detention of the person and to require examination
or treatment for tuberculosis pursuant to 50-17-105. The sheriff must serve the summons required by 50-17-106 on the person the same day the petition is filed.
(2) Immediately after the petition is filed the court will decide whether further
emergency detention is required and may order continued hospital detention of the
person for no more than 7 days if it finds that the person is an unacceptable danger
to the public health and safety in that the person probably has tuberculosis and unless
detained will probably leave the jurisdiction to avoid a hearing pursuant to this
(3) The district court of the county in which the person is found has jurisdiction
over the person for the purposes of this section. The district court may, in the interests of justice, order that jurisdiction over
further proceedings be transferred to the district court of the county of the person's
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