PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says it is shutting down its transplant program due to a mold problem that may have contributed to the deaths of three transplant patients.
The closure affects all UPMC transplants, including kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung and intestines.
UPMC officials said Monday that after consulting with the nonprofit that manages the nation's transplant system, it was "voluntarily and temporarily" suspending all organ transplant operations at UMPC Presbyterian.
In an update posted on the UPMC blog, UPMC chief medical and scientific officer Dr. Steven Shapiro said, in part:
UPMC said a fourth patient discovered to have a fungal situation is in guarded condition.
Officials say they are working with state and federal health officials and fungal specialists, and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy Murphy released the following statement Monday evening:
Officials say only those with severely compromised immune systems are endangered by the mold, which is common in the environment.
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