- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Health has suspended all services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit.

The Department of Health said in a news release it had received a report earlier this week that detailed the presence of mold throughout the building. Mold is known to cause adverse health effects to people with compromised immune systems.

The building is owned by the East Baton Rouge City-Parish but is staffed by the Department of Health’s Office of Public Health. The department said it 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 are working with the City-Parish to address problems such as leaky roofs, faulty windows and building cracks that contribute to mold.

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