Possible release of tuberculosis bacteria investigated in Baltim

Credit David Collins  WBAL-TV 11

Credit David Collins WBAL-TV 11

Both the buildings were immediately evacuated and the employees working in the area close to where the incident took place have been isolated and will undergo an evaluation by the Fire Department, Hoppe further said.

WMAR reports that a hazmat investigation is underway after tuberculosis was reportedly released into two Johns Hopkins cancer centers.

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.

According to the received reports, a small bottle of frozen tuberculosis sample accidentally dropped down and fell to the floor with its lid open. "As a cautionary measure, both Cancer Research Buildings have been evacuated".

The hospital released a statement at around 2 p.m.

"In fact, we have determined that there is actually no risk, meaning zero risk, to anybody involved", King said.


Buildings at a Baltimore hospital were evacuated Thursday after employees were possibly exposed to tuberculosis, officials said. Baltimore City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene initiating "hazmat protocols" for handling hazardous materials.

In 2016, about 10.5 million people became ill around the world with tuberculosis, and the disease killed 1.7 million people.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss and fatigue.

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

According to the Mayo Clinic, tuberculosis infections was once rare in developed countries but began increasing in 1985, but cases in the United States began to decrease again in 1993 due to stronger control programs. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal".

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