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Report: 5 died after infections tied to linens at Children's Hospital

The New Orleans Advocate, April 16, 2014

The five children ranged in age from 35 days to 13 years. They arrived at Children's Hospital from different homes, had severe illnesses of various types and were admitted to assorted hospital wards in 2008 and 2009. The one thing the three boys and two girls had in common, before they all died, was the hospital linens, and that's how they were infected by a nasty fungus that ate them away, according to a soon-to-be-published research study. News of the outbreak, five years after investigators with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sleuthed out its likely source, prompted a former New Orleans city health director to slam the hospital and state on Tuesday for failing to sound the alarm to the public when it happened.