Both cancer research buildings were evacuated, according to the statement, and there was no indication that others were exposed.
"There was a small tube that contained a frozen sample and it was dropped and the lid came off while the sample was still frozen inside", said Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Baltimore City Fire Department is now on-scene at 1500 block of Jefferson Street. Staff were prevented from re-entering the building.
Tuberculosis is an incredibly infectious and deadly disease.More news: Under-fire Boullier resigns as McLaren chief
Airborne germs spread the disease from person to person.
In 2016, 10.4 million people around the world developed TB illness, and there were 1.7 million deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rates are much lower in the United states, with just over 9,000 cases in the same year. It can cause a hacking cough that lasts for weeks, chest pain, and a tell-tale coughing up of blood familiar to anyone who's watched Moulin Rouge. This occurred on a bridge between two research buildings that do not connect to the hospital.
A building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was evacuated on Thursday due to a possible tuberculosis exposure, fire officials said.More news: Videos show rescue teams navigating narrow passageways to save Thai soccer team
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. We want to thank our employees for their quick response to the situation as well as the Baltimore City Fire Department.
The buildings will remain evacuated until they have been cleared by public safety officials, Hoppe said in the statement.More news: US economy adds more jobs than expected in June