Seattle Children’s Hospital has closed its operating rooms in order to remove mold that was discovered in the facilities.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Closing Down Operating Rooms Due to Aspergillus Mold
The hospital’s investigation discovered trace amounts of the Aspergillus mold in its equipment storage and operating facilities in May.
Kathryn Mueller, the hospital’s spokesperson, stated that the hospital closed all fourteen of its operating rooms, up from the initial four.
Mueller stated that while the risk to patients was very low, the hospital informed all patients who have possibly been exposed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the Aspergillus mold lives both inside and outdoors. However, most people come into contact with it on a daily basis, without any consequences.
Mold is a serious danger to people with weakened immune systems and is known to cause infections in the sinuses or lungs.