Los Angeles public health officials have deemed the city’s tuberculosis outbreak the largest in a decade, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention sent scientists to inform local health officials why TB is spreading and how they can stop the outbreak in the area.
Public officials are looking for more than 4,500 people possibly exposed to TB.
Almost 80 cases have been identified, most of them involving homeless who live in or around Skid Row.
Police officers have been warned to take extreme caution when patrolling the Skid Row area by wearing masks if they believe a person has been infected with TB or any other diseases.
Tuberculosis is airborne and is easily spread through sneezing, coughing or laughing.
It is curable with all anti-TB medications; it’s only deadly when left untreated. Treatment can last from six to nine months.
Officials worry that if it isn’t stopped, it risks spreading outside of the area.