Fungus causes Seattle Children’s operating room closures

Routine air tests revealed the presence of Aspergillus, a mold that can cause surgical complications.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital have been closed for the second time this year after a type of potentially dangerous fungus was discovered in air samples.

Hospital spokesperson Kathryn Mueller said the latest discovery led to the closure of three operating rooms and two procedural areas, forcing the hospital to postpone some surgeries and divert others to other hospitals.

Routine air tests on Nov. 10 revealed the presence of Aspergillus, a common mold often found in the air — but which can cause complications for surgical patients.

All 14 of Seattle Childrens’ operating rooms will be closed later in the week as the hospital investigates. The latest outbreak of Aspergillus mold has been reported to state and county health officials.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many surgeries are being affected.

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.

Talk to us

More in Northwest

Hanford companies to pay $58 million for alleged overcharging

A lawsuit said Bechtel Corp. and Aecom knowingly billed the DOE for time when workers had no work.

Seattle cop got preferential treatment in prostitution arrest

The officer, who lives in Monroe, also serves as a commissioner for Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Another new orca baby born to J pod — the second this month

Three weeks ago, Tahlequah, who in 2018 carried her dead calf for 17 days, gave birth to a male calf.

Inslee: Washington is being targeted by phishing campaign

Officials said they haven’t seen any attempts to exploit the state’s election infrastructure.

Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s veto of policing cuts

“Divestment from a broken policing model … is the needed course of action,” the council president says.

Seattle protests lead to arrests, probe into officer conduct

Thirteen people were arrested, and a cop is on paid leave after running over a protester with his bike.

Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire

The Hood Canal man pleaded guilty for his role in the 2018 Maple Fire on the Olympic Peninsula.

Oak Harbor tour boat operator aids in Deception Pass rescue

“He was just in a really bad spot. He shouldn’t have been out there.”

Couple that lost baby in fire recovering in Seattle hospital

A GoFundMe has raised $318,372 for the family as of Monday evening. About 4,500 people have donated.

Most Read