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Johns Hopkins Hospital research buildings evacuated for possible tuberculosis exposure

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposureMore Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposureMore
Samantha Long | 08 July, 2018, 10:30

Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman with Johns Hopkins Medicine, said a small sample of frozen tuberculosis was "inadvertently released" in an internal bridge between two cancer research buildings that don't connect to the hospital.

In a statement released Friday, Ken Willis, a spokesman for Johns Hopkins Medicine, said the latch on the transportation container "failed due to pressure from a secondary interior container holding dry ice". Around 5 p.m., Johns Hopkins announced the buildings had been cleared and the evacuation was lifted.

One of the world's deadliest diseases - tuberculosis - made a rare stateside appearance Thursday.

Hospital employees told 11 News that a fire alarm was pulled and they were subsequently told to evacuate 1501 Jefferson St.

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The amount released was equivalent to only a few drops, and no one was hurt, according to King.

Baltimore City Fire crews are on scene at Johns Hopkins Hospital where there's a hazmat situation after people may have been exposed to tuberculosis after vials were possibly broken.

No cases of the infection being exposed to any person on the campus has been reported so far, however, both building continued to remain evacuated for several hours till the time the public health officials gave an all-clear sign, said Hoppe. Tuberculosis is treatable but there are strains of the disease that have become resistant to antibiotics, which makes treatment long and expensive. In the year 2016, only nine thousand two hundred seventy-two cases of TB were reported, which is regarded to be the lowest count recorded till today. Patients also experience pain in the chest and even may see blood in the cough. While many people with latent TB never go on to develop symptoms, though, the germ can emerge later in on life, usually when a person's immune system is weakened.

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