SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Children’s Hospital says 10 of its operating rooms will now remain closed through January to deal with an Aspergillus mold outbreak.
KOMO reports the hospital says they will immediately install what called custom in-room HEPA filtration in those 10 operating rooms and two equipment storage rooms.
The installation was scheduled to be complete by July, but the hospital says they will now be fully installed by the end of January.
The latest discovery is the second time that the fungus has been detected in operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The previous outbreak led to at least five infections and one death, hospital officials said at the time.
It is still not clear what caused the mold to resurface this time and is part of an investigation underway by the hospital and their regulator, the State Department of Health.