There is a possible outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) in a Baltimore, Maryland area hospital after vials that contained the disease broke during transport.

City firefighters and hazardous materials teams were sent to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and several people were evacuated from cancer research buildings.

A spokesman for the hospital said in a statement that authorities "investigate" the possible release of a small amount of tuberculosis during transport in an internal bridge between Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2 ".

At this time, the staff in the area are being evaluated, but "all signs indicate that no other people have been exposed," but the buildings have not yet been cleared for activity.

The police also closed the surrounding streets after the incident, which took place at around 12:10.

TB is a highly infectious disease that affects the lungs and is transmitted through droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing.

While TB is treatable, certain strains of the disease have become resistant to certain antibiotics, and even effective treatments can be long, complicated and expensive – especially for populations that are disproportionately affected by the disease, such as those with autoimmune diseases.

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If the disease is undiagnosed or untreated, it can be fatal – the World Health Organization has classified it as one of the ten leading causes of death worldwide, after 1.7 million people died in 2016.

The Centers for Disease Control reported that the number of tuberculosis cases in the US increased between 2014 and 2015 for the first time in 25 years.

Zu dieser Zeit erlebten 29 Staaten und Washington DC einen Anstieg der gemeldeten Fälle. Mehr als die Hälfte der gemeldeten Fälle in diesem Jahr kam von Kalifornien, Florida, New York und Texas.

Mediziner haben gesagt, ein Anstieg der Infizierten könnte auf einen weltweiten Mangel an Finanzmitteln für präventive Impfstoffe und Maßnahmen in den USA, aber auch in China, Indien, Mexiko, den Philippinen und Vietnam zurückzuführen sein.



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