COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Parents of a student from the University of Marylandtalk about the mold conditions on campus that they believe contributed to his death. Freshman Olivia Paregol died last week after she complained of flu-like symptoms. His parents, Ian and Meg Paregol, also told CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan that the university health center had not tested their daughter for the test. despite his symptoms and his first case of the disease, the day before Olivia's visit. Health officials said they identified three new cases among Maryland students.
Olivia was diagnosed with Crohn's disease before coming to university and took medication that, according to her father, weakened her immune system. A few weeks after starting his studies, he says that Olivia has begun to express her concerns about mold in her dormitory at Elkton Hall.
"You could see [the mold]. Oh yes, it was on his shoes … it was on his table. It was everywhere, "said Ian.
"Yeah, that would steal their shoes overnight," Meg said.
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