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Johns Hopkins Hospital sites evacuated after possible tuberculosis exposure

Johns Hopkins Hospital sites evacuated after possible tuberculosis exposure

WMAR reports that a hazmat investigation is underway after tuberculosis was reportedly released into two Johns Hopkins cancer centers.

The Baltimore City Fire Department is now investigating the release of tuberculosis, which was being transported in an internal bridge connecting two cancer research buildings, according to a statement from Kim Hoppe, a spokesperson for the hospital.

According to the received reports, a small bottle of frozen tuberculosis sample accidentally dropped down and fell to the floor with its lid open.

This is an ongoing investigation. Sometimes the germ tends to lie dormant within the body, without causing the disease or spreading.

"The Baltimore City Fire Department is actively investigating the possible release of a small amount of tuberculosis during transportation in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2". Later, the authorities pulled an alarm and the hospital was evacuated. As a cautionary measure, both Cancer Research Buildings have been evacuated.

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"Although we believe that this was a one-time event with no risk to anyone on campus, we take this event seriously and will conduct a thorough review of existing procedures, retrain staff and make any other needed improvements", Willis said. The Baltimore City Fire Department is now on-scene at 1500 block of Jefferson Street.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is typically transmitted from one person to another through coughing and sneezing. In the United States, however, it's steadily become a rarity.

TB is spread through the air and typically attacks the lungs. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. Patients also experience pain in the chest and even may see blood in the cough.

He added that the people who were on or near the site of exposure do not need additional testing.

Luckily, it seems, that's a scenario we won't have to worry about here.