Tuberculosis spill prompts mass evacuation at Johns Hopkins

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports

Both buildings were evacuated, and employees in the vicinity were isolated and were to be evaluated by the fire department, hospital spokeswoman Kim Hoppe said. The incident initially prompted the evacuation of several buildings, but hospital officials now say no one is at risk of contracting the disease.

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

The hospital released a statement at around 2 p.m.

Scientists studying the world's deadliest diseases got more than they bargained for yesterday when a sample of tuberculosis was accidentally dropped in a closed sky bridge at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The possible tuberculosis exposure occurred in an internal bridge connecting two cancer research buildings on Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the medical center in Baltimore.

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"In fact, we have determined that there is actually no risk, zero risk to anybody involved".

They said there's no additional testing required for people inside the building. The Baltimore City Fire Department is now on-scene at 1500 block of Jefferson Street. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick.

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. It can cause a hacking cough that lasts for weeks, chest pain, and a tell-tale coughing up of blood familiar to anyone who's watched Moulin Rouge. Sometimes the germ tends to lie dormant within the body, without causing the disease or spreading.

Willis said while this was a one-time event, a review of procedures will take place. The rates are much lower in the United states, with just over 9,000 cases in the same year.

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