TB possibly released at Johns Hopkins Hospital

TB possibly released at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Employees who in the area during the incident were isolated and evaluated and later cleared.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine officials, the amount of frozen tuberculosis released was the equivalent of a few drops. The hospital confirmed there was "no risk to anyone on campus", said Kim Hoppe, a hospitals spokeswoman. The Baltimore City Fire and Rescue unit initiated hazmat protocols and, out of an abundance of caution, both research buildings were evacuated.

A statement from the hospital said the bacteria, used primarily for medical research, may have been inadvertently released while in transit. The sample fell somewhere on an internal bridge, which connects the Cancer Research Building 1 of the hospital to the Cancer Research Building 2.

"In fact, we have determined that there is actually no risk, zero risk to anybody involved", King told the outlet.

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious but treatable bacterial disease.

Baltimore City health officials have arrived at the location. It's possible to be infected with TB without getting ill, in which case it can still be spread. Sometimes the germ tends to lie dormant within the body, without causing the disease or spreading.

John Hopkins is planning an internal review. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more unsafe and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV. 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. 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. Treatment with antibiotics for four to nine months is required to treat the active disease.