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09 July 2018, 06:57 | Randall Craig
Credit David Collins WBAL-TV 11
A statement from Hopkins says the buildings were evacuated Thursday as a "cautionary measure". "We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus".
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.
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can be spread through the air.
A small amount of frozen tuberculosis sample accidentally dropped at an internal bridge located between two cancer research buildings of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman, via an email.
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.
Tuberculosis, or TB, is a serious airborne infection. "Public safety officials as well as infectious disease experts have now cleared the buildings, and the evacuation has been lifted", said John Hopkins in a statement to Gizmodo. In the USA, however, it's steadily become a rarity.
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 bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. 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. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more unsafe and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV. Two percent are extensively drug-resistant, meaning they can resist almost every available antibiotic in modern use.
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