The presence of the fungus Aspergillus has forced the closing of 11 operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital, marking the second such closure in a year. All 14 of the hospital’s operating rooms will be closed later in the week, said hospital spokeswoman Kathryn Mueller.

“On November 10, routine air test results revealed the presence of Aspergillus in the air in 3 of our operating rooms and 2 procedural areas,” Mueller said. “The rooms in which Aspergillus was detected have been closed. We are also investigating 2 new potential

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 surgical site infections.”

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