Both buildings were evacuated, and employees in the vicinity were isolated and were to be evaluated by the fire department, hospital spokeswoman Kim Hoppe said.
Earlier today, a small sample of frozen tuberculosis that was being used for research purposes was inadvertently released in a non-patient area. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks.
A building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was evacuated on Thursday due to a possible tuberculosis exposure, fire officials said. The hospital staffs said that a tiny quantity of the germ accidentally released into its facilities during transportation. Baltimore City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene initiating "hazmat protocols" for handling hazardous materials.
An accidental tuberculosis tube spill prompted a mass evacuation at two buildings on the campus of a prestigious Baltimore hospital, according to new reports. In 2016, only 9,272 TB cases were reported, the lowest toll recorded yet.
Symptoms include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss and fatigue.
Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, proclaimed there was no risk of contamination, says the Baltimore Sun.
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can be spread through the air. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal".
Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that usually affects the lungs, but it can also impact the brain, kidneys or spine, according to the US National Library of Medicine. It has always been on the decline in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 9,272 U.S. cases in 2016.