Hospital Evacuated After Tuberculosis Sample Accidentally Released

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposureMore

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposureMore

Some employees have been isolated and were expected to be evaluated by the fire department, spokesperson Kim Hoppe said in a statement.

A building at the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex has been evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a possible tuberculosis exposure, Baltimore City fire officials told 11 News.

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

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But hospital authorities later said that there was "zero risk" to patients and hospital personnel and that testing would not occur.

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that usually affects the lungs, but it can also impact the brain, kidneys or spine, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

A statement from the hospital said the bacteria, used primarily for medical research, may have been inadvertently released while in transit.

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King explained that the sample of tuberculosis consisted of only a few drops and did not pose a risk to those involved. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of tuberculosis include coughing, chest pain, fatigue, fever and loss of appetite.

Both cancer research buildings were evacuated out of an "abundance of caution" but have now been cleared as safe.

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. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more risky and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV.

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Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a risky airborne disease which spreads easily via air. It can be fatal if it goes untreated.

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