Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex Evacuated - Hazmat Situation for Possible Tuberculosis

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports

Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex Evacuated — Hazmat Situation for Possible Tuberculosis

A statement from Hopkins says the buildings were evacuated Thursday as a "cautionary measure". Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks.

Two buildings on the campus of a reputable Baltimore hospital were evacuated because of the fear of people being exposed to tuberculosis, as per a new report.

Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a risky airborne disease which spreads easily via air. "The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes", according to the Mayo Clinic.

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

A frozen sample of the extremely contagious bacterial disease was dropped in a bridge between the cancer research buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday afternoon, local station WBAL reported. "So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials", she added. "We want to thank our employees for their quick response to the situation as well as the Baltimore City Fire Department". In the U.S., however, it's steadily become a rarity. TB primarily affects the lungs and can become airborne. That same year, 9.272 cases were reported in the United States, and provisional data from 2017 found 9,093 cases. Patients also experience pain in the chest and even may see blood in the cough. While many people with latent TB never go on to develop symptoms, though, the germ can emerge later in on life, usually when a person's immune system is weakened. And some strains, doctors have speculated, are even totally untreatable.

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