Johns Hopkins Hospital Evacuated Over Possible Tuberculosis Exposure

Johns Hopkins Hospital Evacuated Over Possible Tuberculosis Exposure

A "small amount of tuberculosis" may have been released in an internal bridge between two research buildings at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, the hospital said Thursday.

Still, to be on a safer side, the Fire Department shut down the heating and the cooling system speculating that the tuberculosis sample might spread through it, said Dr Landon King from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

This is an ongoing investigation. That same year, 9.272 cases were reported in the United States, and provisional data from 2017 found 9,093 cases. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks.

John Hopkins is planning an internal review.

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Hospital officials said two buildings were evacuated and some people who had been exposed were sheltering in place, according to the local NBC affiliate WBAL. "So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however, the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials", the statement read.

Tuberculosis, usually caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is one of the deadliest infectious diseases worldwide, infecting 10 million and killing at least 1.7 million people in 2016 alone, according to the American Centers for Disease Control.

King explained that the sample of tuberculosis consisted of only a few drops and did not pose a risk to those involved.

Hoppe explained that although the Baltimore Fire Department responded to the incident with hazmat protocols, the sample of tuberculosis did not pose a risk to people at the scene. 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 the person is not treated properly then the disease can be fatal.

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