Stanford University announced Wednesday that the university is closing its medical center after finding “a high rate of infection” in a large number of its patients, including a number of patients with tuberculosis.
The university also reported an increase in respiratory infections and other serious complications during the first three weeks of March compared to the same period in 2016, and that there were nearly double the number of hospitalizations in March for respiratory infections compared to last year.
The university said it will temporarily suspend operations at the hospital and that it will conduct an assessment of the situation in April.
It did not say when that assessment would be completed.
Stanford, which has a population of about 12 million, said it was the first time it has experienced an outbreak of tuberculosis in its current form.
The hospital’s closure comes less than two weeks after the University of California announced that it would close its outpatient facility and institute new restrictions on campus.
In April, a similar outbreak of pneumonia forced the university to close its hospital and institute stricter restrictions on its campus.
Stanford University Health Care Services is the largest hospital system in the country.
A total of 12,000 people were admitted to the hospital between January and March, according to the university.