Possible release of tuberculosis bacteria investigated in Baltimore

Ebony Scott
July 9, 2018

The hospital staffs said that a tiny quantity of the germ accidentally released into its facilities during transportation.

Still, to be on a safer side, the Fire Department shut down the heating and the cooling system speculating that the tuberculosis sample might spread through it, said Dr Landon King from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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.

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Tuberculosis is brought around by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria and has reportedly infected around ten million people and has killed around 1.7 million globally in the year 2016 alone. The Baltimore City Fire Department was on the scene to make sure it was safe for patients and employees to return to the buildings. However, in the United States, the disease is gradually becoming rare. "So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however, the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials", the statement read. The hospital confirmed there was "no risk to anyone on campus", said Kim Hoppe, a hospitals spokeswoman. 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.

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

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that usually affects the lungs, but it can also impact the brain, kidneys or spine, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

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