Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

Both buildings were evacuated, and employees who were in the area when the incident occurred have been isolated and will be evaluated by the Fire Department, Hoppe said. Further, Hopkins added, "We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus".

According to the received reports, a small bottle of frozen tuberculosis sample accidentally dropped down and fell to the floor with its lid open.

The hospital released a statement at around 2 p.m.

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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.

"In fact, we have determined that there is actually no risk, meaning zero risk, to anybody involved", King said.

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Hospital officials say they believe an unspecified number of individuals were exposed to tuberculosis at the health facility at around 12:20 pm EST. 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. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick.

Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a unsafe airborne disease which spreads easily via air. Because of its knack for picking on the immunocompromised, TB is much more unsafe and occasionally fatal for people who also have HIV.

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. Treatment with antibiotics for four to nine months is required to treat the active disease.

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