Hazmat called for heavy perfume medical scare


Several workers at a Bank of America call center in Fort Worth reported symptoms of dizziness and shortness of breath. Fearing carbon monoxide or another toxic substance, hazmat was called.

The hazmat crews and the fire department inspected the entire building and found nothing harmful. As the incident was evaluated, the history of the illness uncovered that the incident all began when a female worker sprayed perfume. Two people near her reported feeling dizzy.

The incident escalated when a few others nearby complained of similar symptoms. An announcement was made that anyone with similar symptoms ( dizziness, chest pains, head aches) should leave the building.

Pain ensued. Mass exit happened as the employees fell subjet to "psychosomatic behavior" and "contagious fear".


Lara Kohl, a MedStar ambulance spokeswoman said 34 people were taken to hospitals, 12 by ambulance. Another 110 people were treated at the scene.

Investigators do not know what brand of perfume was sprayed.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning will vary depending on the amount inhaled and include fatigue, headache, weakness, confusion, disorientation, nausea, and dizziness. Very high levels can cause death.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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