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Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

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Ben Pena | 09 July, 2018, 06:58

An accidental tuberculosis tube spill prompted a mass evacuation at two buildings on the campus of a prestigious Baltimore hospital, according to new reports. Some employees have been isolated and were expected to be evaluated by the fire department, spokesperson Kim Hoppe said in a statement.

A small amount of frozen tuberculosis was spilled between two hospital buildings.

Baltimore City Fire has secured Johns Hopkins Hospital after people in one building may have been exposed to tuberculosis during the transfer of a frozen vial between buildings. The release triggered a heavy emergency response outside the complex of Johns Hopkins hospital buildings, including the shutdown of the two used for cancer research. The lid of the fumbled sample reportedly came off, sparking fear of a tuberculosis outbreak within the buildings and prompting a full evacuation while staff and disease experts determined how to move forward. The Baltimore City Fire Department was on the scene to make sure it was safe for patients and employees to return to the buildings.

Tuberculosis resurfaced in developed countries like the United States since 1985 due to the spread of the HIV.

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They were speaking after Kimi Raikkonen collided with pole sitter Hamilton on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix . Hamilton rejoined in 18th and recovered to second, while Raikkonen ultimately finished third.

A Johns Hopkins spokesman said the building has been cleared of any contamination and they have confirmed that they was no risk to anyone inside the building.

He added that the people who were on or near the site of exposure do not need additional testing. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but it can attack other organs, like the kidneys or the brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the person is not treated properly then the disease can be fatal.

"About one-quarter of the world's population is believed to be infected with TB bacteria, but fewer than 10,000 cases are reported each year in the U.S".

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