People possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Johns Hopkins

Leslie Hanson
July 7, 2018

Tuberculosis is an incredibly infectious and deadly disease. Officials did not say how it might have been released.

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.

Both cancer research buildings were evacuated, according to the statement, and there was no indication that others were exposed.

The Baltimore Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, placing a perimeter around the building while the scientists and hazmat crews figured out how to handle the incident.

Baltimore firefighters on Thursday cleared people out of two medical research buildings due to tuberculosis contamination, but authorities later said there was no risk of infection to anyone and the evacuation order was lifted.


Hospital employees told 11 News that a fire alarm was pulled and they were subsequently told to evacuate 1501 Jefferson St. We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus.

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.

Airborne germs spread the disease from person to person.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss and fatigue. It can be fatal if it goes untreated.

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. And some strains, doctors have speculated, are even totally untreatable.

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