Johns Hopkins Hospital Evacuated Over Possible Tuberculosis Exposure

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports

Some employees have been isolated and were expected to be evaluated by the fire department, spokesperson Kim Hoppe said in a statement.

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

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".

According to the received reports, a small bottle of frozen tuberculosis sample accidentally dropped down and fell to the floor with its lid open.

An accidental tuberculosis tube spill prompted a mass evacuation at two buildings on the campus of a prestigious Baltimore hospital, according to new reports.

"We have determined there is no risk involved".

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is typically transmitted from one person to another through coughing and sneezing. "So there is no preventive measure or testing required for anyone in the buildings as a result of this event", King said. "So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials".

Baltimore City Fire crews are on scene at Johns Hopkins Hospital where there's a hazmat situation after people may have been exposed to tuberculosis after vials were possibly broken.

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

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. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal".

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