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Two cancer research buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital were evacuated Thursday due to possible tuberculosis contamination, according to the hospital.
The buildings on the 1500 block of Orleans Street were evacuated as the Baltimore City Fire Department investigated the possible release of a small amount of tuberculosis in a bridge between the two buildings, Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in a statement.
The article goes on to state the following:
“It is a hazmat situation,” Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark said.
Nearly a dozen Baltimore city fire vehicles surrounded the hospital’s cancer research center. A hub of white tents, which usually hosts the hospital’s weekly farmers market, has been converted into a waiting area for those evacuated from the building.
It appeared no one else was exposed, she said in the statement.
Tuberculosis is an airborne bacterial disease that can infect the lungs and other parts of the body. Symptoms include coughing that lasts at least three weeks, weight loss, coughing up blood, fever and fatigue, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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