Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Accidental release of tuberculosis bacteria results in evacuation at Johns Hospital

Accidental release of tuberculosis bacteria results in evacuation at Johns Hospital

Cancer research buildings at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center are cleared from the threat of exposure to tuberculosis, the hospital said in a statement Thursday afternoon, hours after fire and rescue teams responded to a possible contamination and evacuated the area. The drop occurred in the internal bridge that connects the hospital's Cancer Research Building 1 to its Cancer Research Building 2 - a non-patient area of the hospital.

According to WBAL, the incident involved a small vial of a frozen sample of tuberculosis being dropped onto the floor and having its lid fall off. Soon after, a fire alarm was pulled and employees were evacuated. The Baltimore City Fire Department is now on-scene at 1500 block of Jefferson Street.

Over 9,000 tuberculosis cases were reported in the USA in the year 2016, as per the latest report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rates are much lower in the United states, with just over 9,000 cases in the same year.

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There was no indication that others may have been exposed to the tuberculosis, Hoppe said. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks. In the year 2016, only nine thousand two hundred seventy-two cases of TB were reported, which is regarded to be the lowest count recorded till today.

"Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs".

Tuberculosis bacteria are spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or spits, and someone else can breathe in the bacteria and become sick. 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.

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