In February 1994, Gloria Ramirez was admitted to a hospital in Riverside, California, with late stage cervical cancer. Little did her attending doctors and nurses know she was a human toxicity bomb. After some basic treatment and blood work, a strange odor emerged from where the syringe had pricked her and hospital staff began getting sick fast. Disease outbreaks, or something like a disease at any rate, spread throughout the hospital, with 23 people experiencing symptoms and some requiring weeks of hospitalization. For months, newspapers were fascinated by the story of a woman who contaminated an entire hospital wing.
Today, there is still a lot of speculation about the Gloria Ramirez case. The most widely accepted hypothesis is that a chain chemical reaction occurred in her body because of medication she was taking. This might account for the release of poisonous gas. However, some scientists find this theory too unprovable. While it's likely we'll never know exactly what happened with Gloria Ramirez the case remains fascinating. Here's all the strange details of this unsolved medical mystery.