Hospital Evacuated After Tuberculosis Sample Accidentally Released

  • Hospital Evacuated After Tuberculosis Sample Accidentally Released

Hospital Evacuated After Tuberculosis Sample Accidentally Released

"The Baltimore City Fire Department is actively investigating a small amount of tuberculosis during transportation in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2", Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in a statement. The sample was "equivalent to a few drops", according to Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the school. The incident initially prompted the evacuation of several buildings, but hospital officials now say no one is at risk of contracting the disease.

A building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was evacuated on Thursday due to a possible tuberculosis exposure, fire officials said.

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 cancer research building at 1500 Orleans St. was evacuated, according to Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark. "So there is no preventive measure or testing required for anyone in the buildings as a result of this event".

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can be spread through the air. "Public safety officials as well as infectious disease experts have now cleared the buildings, and the evacuation has been lifted", said John Hopkins in a statement to Gizmodo. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more unsafe and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV.

The most recent data from the CDC shows that tuberculosis cases have seen a decline in recent years, with just 9,272 cases reported in the United States in 2016.