UPMC reopens transplant program after mold investigation

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh-area medical system is re-opening its organ transplant program, six days after closing it because of concerns that mold contributed to the deaths of three transplant patients who had fungal infections.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reopened the program Sunday after its procedures and treatments were reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Health says UPMC must submit a plan to improve infection and mold control. It didn’t say whether mold caused the deaths or whether investigators had found the source of the mold.

UPMC’s chief medical and scientific officer Dr. Steven Shapiro says patients are being transferred from southern and central Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia for life-saving organ transplants.

UPMC has said a fourth patient was fighting a fungal infection.

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