Vials of the unsafe tuberculosis bacteria broke at Johns Hopkins Hospital Thursday, causing a stir of activity around the complex as hazmat personnel tried to contain any contamination of the bacteria that is known to cause life-threatening illness.
Tuberculosis is an incredibly infectious and deadly disease.
The two buildings, which are connected by an enclosed, elevated bridge, are research centers. The sample was "equivalent to a few drops", according to Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the school.
There were employees in the area when the incident occurred, but hospital officials told the Baltimore Sun that no one required treatment.
Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark said people were allowed back into the research buildings by late afternoon.
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An accidental tuberculosis tube spill prompted a mass evacuation at two buildings on the campus of a prestigious Baltimore hospital, according to new reports.
Airborne germs spread the disease from person to person. 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.
Hospital officials say they believe an unspecified number of individuals were exposed to tuberculosis at the health facility at around 12:20 pm EST.
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. It can be fatal if it goes untreated. It has always been on the decline in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 9,272 U.S. cases in 2016.