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Flesh Eating Fungus

Children's hospital officials now admit they should have told the families of the victims about an outbreak of a flesh-eating fungus.

Five patients died from the fungus, called Mucormycosis between 2008 and 2009.
After discovering two severely ill patients with the fungus, the hospital says it immediately contacted state health officials and the centers for disease control and prevention.

But hospital officials finally apologized yesterday for keeping some families in the dark about the deadly fungus outbreak.

I think we made an extraordinary effort to contain and identify the source of this infection.
We did not make an extraordinary effort to communicate with our families and disclose the nature of this illness

At the time of the outbreak investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced the illness to the hospital's linens.

As soon as the discovery was made children's hospital says it threw away old linens, sterilized areas and ended its contract with a local linen vendor.