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Hospital Knew About Mold Problem for a Year, Did Nothing
December 13, 2019 -
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Internal emails at Seattle Children's Hospital suggest the facility knew last year that children were being infected by toxic mold long before they told the public, according to KIRO.
Until recently, the e-mails were heavily redacted. But a King County judge agreed some of the redactions could be undone. The e-mails now show that King County health officials were asking questions last year about the number of kids infected by the toxic mold aspergillus.
The newly unredacted portions show the hospital said it had infected patients as far back as 2001.
Children's CEO recently held a news conference, saying they only recently realized there might be a correlation among the 14 cases of infections; six of those who were infected, died.
Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, check out the FacilitiesNet healthcare page.