Johns Hopkins: Tuberculosis Exposure Reported At Baltimore Hospital, Hazmat Crews On Scene

Johns Hopkins: Tuberculosis Exposure Reported At Baltimore Hospital, Hazmat Crews On Scene

Willis said while this was a one-time event, a review of procedures will take place.

In a later statement, Hopkins spokeswoman Kim Hoppe said the possible release happened during transport in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2.

"We have determined there is no risk involved".

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.

"Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis". The fire department sent a dozen vehicles and a hazmat squad to the location outside of the Johns Hopkins cancer research center.

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 disease is also considered extremely contagious.

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Dr. Landon King, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, explained at a press conference that they are certain no one in either building or in the area was at risk to become infected.

"When I saw the text I knew it was something serious".

Baltimore firefighters on Thursday cleared people out of two medical research buildings due to tuberculosis contamination, but authorities later said there was no risk of infection to anyone and the evacuation order was lifted.

The amount released was equivalent to only a few drops, and no one was hurt, according to King.

Over 9,000 tuberculosis cases were reported in the U.S. in the year 2016, as per the latest report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, an employee, and several lab animals were found to be exposed to tuberculosis bacteria.

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