Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure

Pearl Mccarthy
July 8, 2018

Both the buildings were immediately evacuated and the employees working in the area close to where the incident took place have been isolated and will undergo an evaluation by the Fire Department, Hoppe further said.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine officials, the amount of frozen tuberculosis released was the equivalent of a few drops.

The spill that caused two buildings to be evacuated Thursday afternoon is believed to be a one-time incident, spokesman Ken Willis said in a statement.

The all-clear has been given on the Johns Hopkins campus after a hazmat scare Thursday after a small tube with a frozen sample of tuberculosis was dropped and the lid came off.

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". This occurred on a bridge between two research buildings that do not connect to the hospital.

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The building's air circulation systems were shut down shortly after the sample exposure to prevent the airborne disease from spreading, effectively isolating it.

"We have determined there is no risk involved".

Officials from the Baltimore City Department of Health also are reportedly on the scene.

Tuberculosis, usually caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is one of the deadliest infectious diseases worldwide, infecting 10 million and killing at least 1.7 million people in 2016 alone, according to the American Centers for Disease Control.

John Hopkins is planning an internal review. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal". It has always been on the decline in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 9,272 U.S. cases in 2016.

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