Johns Hopkins Hospital buildings evacuated after 'inadvertent' tuberculosis release

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A small amount of the tuberculosis bacteria may have been released while being transported between two of the hospital's cancer research buildings, the spokeswoman, Kim Hoppe, said in an email. The hospital staffs said that a tiny quantity of the germ accidentally released into its facilities during transportation. Two buildings were evacuated, officials said.

The building's air circulation systems were shut down shortly after the sample exposure to prevent the airborne disease from spreading, effectively isolating it.

"There was a small tube that contained a frozen sample and it was dropped and the lid came off while the sample was still frozen inside", said Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This occurred on a bridge between two research buildings that do not connect to the hospital.

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Both cancer research buildings were evacuated, according to the statement, and there was no indication that others were exposed. Later, the authorities pulled an alarm and the hospital was evacuated. Baltimore City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene initiating "hazmat protocols" for handling hazardous materials. The same year, around 10.6 million people were infected with the disease across the globe with the disease and around 1.7 million died due to it. Tuberculosis is treatable but there are strains of the disease that have become resistant to antibiotics, which makes treatment long and expensive. In 2016, only 9,272 TB cases were reported, the lowest toll recorded yet.

"Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs". The most common symptoms of the disease includes the person suffering with a bad cough for over three weeks, pain in the chest and coughing up sputum or blood.

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