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.

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