Employees were in the area when the incident occurred, and these employees have been isolated and are expected to be evaluated by the Fire Department.
The amount released was equivalent to only a few drops, and no one was hurt, according to King. Further, Hopkins added, "We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus". The Baltimore City Fire and Rescue unit initiated hazmat protocols and, out of an abundance of caution, both research buildings were evacuated.
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. The hospital staffs said that a tiny quantity of the germ accidentally released into its facilities during transportation.
Hazmat crews were directed to an internal bridge between two cancer research buildings. The Baltimore City Fire Department was on the scene to make sure it was safe for patients and employees to return to the buildings.
Buildings at a Baltimore hospital were evacuated Thursday after employees were possibly exposed to tuberculosis, officials said. It's possible to be infected with TB without getting ill, in which case it can still be spread.
Tuberculosis, or TB, is a serious airborne infection. 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. Other people who might have been exposed are being sheltered in place.
Over 9,000 tuberculosis cases were reported in the USA in the year 2016, as per the latest report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1.7 million died from the disease in the same year, making it one of the top 10 most fatal, according to the World Health Organization.