Possible TB Exposure At Buildings On Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports

A frozen sample of the extremely contagious bacterial disease was dropped in a bridge between the cancer research buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday afternoon, local station WBAL reported.

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.

Dajuan Robinson, a histotechnician who works at a Hopkins building across the street from the cancer research center, told the Sun he received a text alert about the situation. The hospital confirmed there was "no risk to anyone on campus", said Kim Hoppe, a hospitals spokeswoman.

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that affects the lungs.

Helicopter footage filmed by a news crew showed about two dozen people standing outside one of the hospital's buildings, with some dressed in hazmat suits.

"There really was zero risk attached to this event", Dr. King said.

However, Willis said staff will be retrained and policies reviewed because of the incident.

Fire officials also commended Johns Hopkins for taking immediate action and shutting down the HVAC system when the incident occurred.

Tuberculosis bacteria are spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or spits, and someone else can breathe in the bacteria and become sick.

"So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however, the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials", the statement said. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more risky and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV. About 1.7 million died from the disease in the same year, making it one of the top 10 most fatal, according to the World Health Organization.

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