Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH

A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her.

The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.

“The patient was transferred to the NIH via special air and ground ambulances,” the NIH said in a statement.

  • Petrilla

    ” The Patient” who they are now tracking down hundreds of people who were exposed to her is virtually unidentified. Read closer, she came from India and sought treatment in 2 states, one is Missouri. Now she is in DC. Nothing to see here, eh?