Johns Hopkins hospital buildings evacuated after possible release of tuberculosis today

Johns Hopkins hospital buildings evacuated after possible release of tuberculosis today

"The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes", says the Mayo Clinic's website.

John Hopkins said in a statement, "The Baltimore City Fire and Rescue unit initiated hazmat protocols and, out of an abundance of caution, both research buildings were evacuated".

A small amount of frozen tuberculosis was spilled between two hospital buildings.

This is an ongoing investigation. The sample fell somewhere on an internal bridge, which connects the Cancer Research Building 1 of the hospital to the Cancer Research Building 2.

Hospital employees told 11 News that a fire alarm was pulled and they were subsequently told to evacuate 1501 Jefferson St. The release triggered a heavy emergency response outside the complex of Johns Hopkins hospital buildings, including the shutdown of the two used for cancer research.

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But authorities later confirmed "that there was no risk to anyone on campus", Hoppe said.

Spokespeople for Johns Hopkins Hospital and the fire department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Public safety officials as well as infectious disease experts have now cleared the buildings, and the evacuation has been lifted. In the USA, however, it's steadily become a rarity. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain.

Not everyone infected with the bacteria will become sick, but the most extreme cases can be fatal.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss and fatigue.

He added that the people who were on or near the site of exposure do not need additional testing. Two percent are extensively drug-resistant, meaning they can resist almost every available antibiotic in modern use.

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