Latch Failure Causes Tuberculosis Spill at Johns Hopkins

Frozen tuberculosis spilled Thursday within the Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Building, creating a potential hazard after a latch failed on a transport container, an official with the medical institution said Friday.

The material appears to have been pushed out of the transport container, after the latch failed, due to pressure from a secondary interior container holding dry ice.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office will not investigate the incident because no one was injured. Hopkins officials have said the leaked sample was equivalent to a few drops.

Fire officials had been concerned that the sample might spread through the buildings’ heating and cooling system, but Hopkins quickly shut the system down.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun

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