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Two John Hopkins centers in Maryland evacuated after reported release of tuberculosis

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:56:18-04

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Two Johns Hopkins buildings were evacuated Thursday afternoon after reports of a small amount of tuberculosis being released inside their cancer buildings.

The fire chief told WMAR television station in Baltimore the David Koch Cancer Research Building has been evacuated for a hazmat situation, which was later released to be the tuberculosis outbreak. 

Johns Hopkins sent the following statement regarding the situation:

“The Baltimore City Fire Department is actively investigating the possible release of a small amount of tuberculosis during transportation in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2. 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. As a cautionary measure, both Cancer Research Buildings have been evacuated. So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials.”

Traffic is shut down on North Carolina Street from Orleans to East Monument Streets as a result of the evacuation. 

Baltimore Fire crews are inside investigating at the moment. 

Click below to see more pictures from the scene: