Tuberculosis spill triggers hospital evacuation in Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposureMore

"Employees were in the area when the incident occurred, and these employees have been isolated and are expected to be evacuated by the fire department", Hoppe said in a statement to Newsweek.

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

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.

Scientists studying the world's deadliest diseases got more than they bargained for yesterday when a sample of tuberculosis was accidentally dropped in a closed sky bridge at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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

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A statement from the hospital said the bacteria, used primarily for medical research, may have been inadvertently released while in transit.

"There really was zero risk attached to this event", Dr. King said.

Fire crews are on the scene at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore after reports that people may have been exposed to tuberculosis when vials there were broken.

TB is spread through the air and typically attacks the lungs. The most common symptoms of the disease includes the person suffering with a bad cough for over three weeks, pain in the chest and coughing up sputum or blood. Other people who might have been exposed are being sheltered in place.

According to the Mayo Clinic, tuberculosis infections was once rare in developed countries but began increasing in 1985, but cases in the United States began to decrease again in 1993 due to stronger control programs. Treatment with antibiotics for four to nine months is required to treat the active disease.

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