Possible TB Exposure At Buildings On Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex

An investigation is underway after people may have been exposed to Tuberculosis at Johns Hopkins, according to the hospital.

The Baltimore City Fire Department is now investigating the release of tuberculosis, which was being transported in an internal bridge connecting two cancer research buildings, according to a statement from Kim Hoppe, a spokesperson for the hospital. The incident initially prompted the evacuation of several buildings, but hospital officials now say no one is at risk of contracting the disease.

A statement from the hospital said the bacteria, used primarily for medical research, may have been inadvertently released while in transit. The hospital confirmed there was "no risk to anyone on campus", said Kim Hoppe, a hospitals spokeswoman.

"In fact, we have determined that there is actually no risk, zero risk to anybody involved". Baltimore City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene initiating "hazmat protocols" for handling hazardous materials. Other people who might have been exposed are being sheltered in place.

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a serious airborne infection.

The Baltimore Fire Department said they received a call shortly after noon to say that a tuberculosis sample had been spilled.

One of the world's deadliest diseases - tuberculosis - made a rare stateside appearance Thursday. The bacteria affect the lungs, which can lead to chest pain, fatigue, fever, prolonged coughing or coughing up blood, night sweats, and loss of appetite. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal".

Tuberculosis is brought around by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria and has reportedly infected around ten million people and has killed around 1.7 million globally in the year 2016 alone. The rates are much lower in the United states, with just over 9,000 cases in the same year.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

What does England's World Cup song/slogan mean?
Could football really be coming home? That faith has manifested as one enthusiastic refrain: "It's coming home". Jordan Henderson's miss didn't seem so devastating the second time around.

Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier get into scuffle at UFC 226
He hasn't been booked yet because Vince McMahon has not made a decision yet on what to do with the Universal Championship. That result was later overturned to a no-contest after Lesnar failed a pair of drug tests by the U.S.

LaVar Ball Guarantees Two Lakers Championships With LeBron James
But with the Los Angeles Lakers , he is apparently hoping he can significantly change his style of play. Embiid tweeted, "The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team".

Study Finds HPV Test Viable Alternative to Pap Smear
In both the groups, the final co-testing discovered more abnormal cells within some of the women who initially tested negative. Harper notes that using both Pap smears and HPV testing can mean up to 30 percent of women could have a false positive.

Gareth Southgate Hails 'Incredible Feeling' as England Secure Historic Semi-Final Spot
A very solid team. "It's coming home" makes up the chorus of the 1996 song "Three Lions", by The Lightning Seeds. It is hard to speak for all Italians but I think a lot of people believe in this England squad".

Pompeo responds to North Korea
North Korea lashes out at the US after two days of high-level discussions with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo . Pompeo said both the testing facility issue and recovering USA remains still need to be finalized.

US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack
A USA soldier was killed and two others wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO said. The last insider attack that resulted in a United States casualty occurred two months earlier, in June of past year .

Washington braces for Trump's Supreme Court pick — Sunday shows preview
Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers.

North Korea Calls Latest Nuke Talks "Regrettable"
Talks will also cover the possibility of recovering the remains of U.S. troops missing from the Korean War. The US politician did not meet with North Korea's leader during this visit.

Belgium Forward Lukaku Says 'Truly Happy' as Long as Team 'Doing Great'
We have a relatively young team, but we've shown maturity and have been growing since the tournament started. The Selecao will be taking on Roberto Martinez's side in the last eight match slated for the Kazan Arena.

Twelve arrested in riots over police killing of French youth
Enraged protesters burned cars, set a shopping center on fire and threw Molotov cocktails in the Breil neighborhood of the city. The man was only identified as Aboubakar F., and he was stopped by Breil police in Western France, Le Monde reported.

Croatia break Russian hearts in penalty shootout
Russian Federation shocked Spain in the last round after drawing 1-1 and then beating them on penalties 4-3. Croatia had come back from 1-0 down against Denmark in the round of 16, before advancing on penalties.

When And Where to Watch Live Streaming on TV
A loss will see England drop down to seven below New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, respectively. The big question facing England is how to contend with the unorthodox wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav.

England advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0
It was a sign of what was to come - direct balls, long throws, pressing - but those basic tactics didn't trouble England . But even if Southgate is forced to make changes, he's confident it won't be to the detriment to the team's performance.

Palestinian Bedouin community faces demolition
Videos taken by witnesses and circulated online showed Israeli forces beating and attempting to arrest men, women and children. The Israelis are racist, they do not want any Palestinians in this area, because it is the gateway to East Jerusalem.


More News

News
More News