DHH closes EBR Health Unit after mold detected
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health announced Thursday morning that it is suspending all services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit located on the corner of North 12th Street and Florida Boulevard after potentially dangerous mold was discovered in the facility.
Earlier this week, the department said they received a report detailing the presence of mold throughout the building. The particular type of mold is known to cause adverse health effects to people with compromised immune systems.
The health unit provided reproductive/STD health clinics, regional tuberculosis services, immunizations, children’s special health service, vital records services, sanitarian services and Nurse Family Partnership services.
The Department of Health said the building is owned by the EBR City-Parish but is staffed by the Department of Health’s Office of Public Health. The City-Parish has been informed of the closure and is working to find alternative locations for clients to access services.
Dr. Marilyn Reynaud, regional medical director for the Office of Public Health, said she and the agency continue to work with the City-Parish to address problems such as leaky roofs, faulty windows and building cracks that contribute to mold.
The doctor said they cannot serve patients in a building with the known elevated levels of mold. Staff would also be affected.
People at risk to the mold mostly include very young people, those who are aging and those with chronic lung disease or a compromised immune system. More info is available from the CDC.