Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Evacuation order lifted after 'inadvertent' TB release

Evacuation order lifted after 'inadvertent' TB release

"The Baltimore City Fire Department is actively investigating the possible release of a small amount of tuberculosis during transportation in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2", a spokeswoman said, WBAL-TV reported.

Scientists studying the world's deadliest diseases got more than they bargained for yesterday when a sample of tuberculosis was accidentally dropped in a closed sky bridge at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a unsafe airborne disease which spreads easily via air.

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Hospital employees said that a fire alarm was pulled and they were told to evacuate.

The spill that caused two buildings to be evacuated Thursday afternoon is believed to be a one-time incident, spokesman Ken Willis said in a statement. Fire officials had been concerned that the sample might spread through the buildings' heating and cooling system, but Hopkins quickly shut the system down. Public safety officials as well as infectious disease experts have now cleared the buildings, and the evacuation has been lifted. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks. In the United States, however, it's steadily become a rarity. In the year 2016, only nine thousand two hundred seventy-two cases of TB were reported, which is regarded to be the lowest count recorded till today. The bacteria affect the lungs, which can lead to chest pain, fatigue, fever, prolonged coughing or coughing up blood, night sweats, and loss of appetite.

He added that the people who were on or near the site of exposure do not need additional testing.

TB can be treated through a months-long course of antibiotics, but its hardiness and poor antibiotic management on the part of doctors and patients had enabled incredibly resistant strains to start cropping up. Two percent are extensively drug-resistant, meaning they can resist almost every available antibiotic in modern use.

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