The hospital staffs said that a tiny quantity of the germ accidentally released into its facilities during transportation.
Frozen tuberculosis spilled Thursday within the Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Building, creating a potential hazard after a latch failed on a transport container, an official with the medical institution said Friday.
Employees at the two cancer buildings in Johns Hopkins Hospital were evacuated on July 5 due to an accidental release of bacteria from tuberculosis vials. This event was followed by immediate evacuation of many buildings of the hospital, however, the officials stated that presently there is no risk of anyone contracting the infection.
Hospital employees told 11 News that a fire alarm was pulled and they were subsequently told to evacuate 1501 Jefferson St. Baltimore City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene initiating "hazmat protocols" for handling hazardous materials.
Buildings at a Baltimore hospital were evacuated Thursday after employees were possibly exposed to tuberculosis, officials said.
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. The rates are much lower in the United states, with just over 9,000 cases in the same year.
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. The most common symptoms of the disease includes the person suffering with a bad cough for over three weeks, pain in the chest and coughing up sputum or blood.
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can be spread through the air.