County DA keeping an eye on UPMC mold investigation

The mold problem at Pittsburgh-based UPMC Presbyterian has caught the eye of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., according to a Trib Live report.

A team from the CDC is currently in Pittsburgh helping UPMC officials investigate mold found in UPMC Presbyterian that may have led to four transplant patients at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore contracting fungal infections. As of Monday, three of those patients have died.

"We're watching what's going on. When the federal authorities get done with their review, there may be issues we want to address," Mr. Zappala said about UPMC, according to Trib Live.

The mold and infections caused UPMC to shut down its transplant program until the investigation is over. According to Trib Live, UPMC has one of the busiest transplant programs in the nation, where clinicians perform roughly 400 transplants each year. The system has not said when the transplant program will reopen.

Find more information on the UPMC mold problem here.

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