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08 July 2018, 10:29 | Melissa Porter
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
Some employees have been isolated and were expected to be evaluated by the fire department, spokesperson Kim Hoppe said in a statement. "The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes", says the Mayo Clinic's website.
"Although we believe that this was a one-time event with no risk to anyone on campus, we take this event seriously and will conduct a thorough review of existing procedures, retrain staff and make any other needed improvements", Willis said.
A building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was evacuated on Thursday due to a possible tuberculosis exposure, fire officials said.
According to WBAL, the incident involved a small vial of a frozen sample of tuberculosis being dropped onto the floor and having its lid fall off.
The hospital released a statement at around 2 p.m.
They said there's no additional testing required for people inside the building.
Tuberculosis, usually caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is one of the deadliest infectious diseases worldwide, infecting 10 million and killing at least 1.7 million people in 2016 alone, according to the American Centers for Disease Control. Patients also experience pain in the chest and even may see blood in the cough.
Tuberculosis, or TB, is a serious airborne bacterial infection. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal". The rates are much lower in the United states, with just over 9,000 cases in the same year. "We have not had prior issues with transporting samples". "The researchers in possession of the material were conducting basic research that does not involve human subjects and focuses on helping scientists understand how the disease works".