NE Ga. hospital closes building after mold found

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia hospital has closed an education building over concerns about moisture and mold.

Officials at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville said excess rain and humidity this summer led to water damage and mold in the Ocie Pope Education Building.

Officials said 18 employees in the affected areas were relocated, with three being treated for upper respiratory symptoms, sneezing and coughing.

The building, used for offices and occasional educational programs, is separate from the main hospital buildings. They say no patients are housed there, and none were exposed to the mold.

Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Tymchuk tells The Times (http://bit.ly/15Qj1Kp) that an inspection found where moisture had entered the walls, and a company has been hired to address the problem.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

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