Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure

The Johns Hopkins Hospital at night from Orleans Street

The Johns Hopkins Hospital at night from Orleans Street

WMAR reports that a hazmat investigation is underway after tuberculosis was reportedly released into two Johns Hopkins cancer centers.

Frozen tuberculosis spilled Thursday within the Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Building, creating a potential hazard after a latch failed on a transport container, an official with the medical institution said Friday.

This is an ongoing investigation.

"If I were around a patient with tuberculosis in the hospital breathing the same air I would need to be exposed for several hours for example to have any risk", Dr. King described.

Hospital employees told 11 News that a fire alarm was pulled and they were subsequently told to evacuate 1501 Jefferson St.

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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.

A spokeswoman for the fire department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A Johns Hopkins spokesman said the building has been cleared of any contamination and they have confirmed that they was no risk to anyone inside the building.

Tuberculosis is the world's leading infectious killer. In the USA, however, it's steadily become a rarity. The bacteria affect the lungs, which can lead to chest pain, fatigue, fever, prolonged coughing or coughing up blood, night sweats, and loss of appetite. In 2016, only 9,272 TB cases were reported, the lowest toll recorded yet. Although people having latent tuberculosis do not develop the symptoms, yet the germ could appear at a later part of life, generally when the immune system of the person is weakened. Other people who might have been exposed are being sheltered in place. As much as 20 percent of TB strains are multi-drug resistant (MDR), meaning they can rebuff the two frontline drugs used for treatment, rifampicin and isoniazid.

Luckily, it seems, that's a scenario we won't have to worry about here.

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