Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Johns Hopkins Hospital building evacuated for hazmat situation Thursday

Johns Hopkins Hospital building evacuated for hazmat situation Thursday

An investigation is underway after people may have been exposed to Tuberculosis at Johns Hopkins, according to the hospital.

One of the world's deadliest diseases - tuberculosis - made a rare stateside appearance Thursday.

The Baltimore City Fire Department investigated after a small tube containing a frozen sample of the bacteria was dropped on an internal bridge between two cancer research buildings, according to the hospital. "As a cautionary measure, both Cancer Research Buildings have been evacuated". The sample was "equivalent to a few drops", according to Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the school.

Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark said people were allowed back into the research buildings by late afternoon. Soon after, a fire alarm was pulled and employees were evacuated.

Airborne germs spread the disease from person to person.

Baltimore firefighters have evacuated two medical research buildings due to possible tuberculosis contamination.

The most recent data from the CDC shows that tuberculosis cases have seen a decline in recent years, with just 9,272 cases reported in the United States in 2016.

Dajuan Robinson, a histotechnician who works at a Hopkins building across the street from the cancer research center, told the Sun he received a text alert about the situation. We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus.

Almost a dozen Baltimore city fire vehicles surrounded the hospital's cancer research center.

"So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed; however, the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials", Hoppe said.

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