Category Archives: Lab

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Another Lawsuit Blames Linens at UPMC for Mold-Related Death

On April 20th, a lawsuit was filed against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside hospital, Pennsylvania, blaming linens for mold-related death of a patient in October 2015.

According to the lawsuit, leukemia patient Katherine Landman died due to a mold infection that she allegedly caught through linens provided by Paris Cleaners. The lawsuit further says that Landman’s death was the 7th at a UPMC hospital apparently caused by the linens.

Other six deaths were reported at UPMC Montefiore and Presbyterian hospitals.


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Old Nursing, Fine Arts buildings in WSSU Cleared Mold Test

Two old buildings of Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, have cleared the mold and asbestos tests.

The tests were conducted after some complaints were reported regarding possible mold and asbestos contamination in Old Nursing building, built in 1956 and Fine Arts buildings, built in 1958. However, the director of Environmental Health and Safety at WSSU confirmed that the results of tests did not indicate any potentially hazardous condition.


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Dangerous molds?

Dear George,

Is the mold called Aspergillus, Mysomycetes and Cladosporium dangerous molds? Can they be cleaned out of your home?
Thanks, Christina

Dear Christina,

There are many varietals of Aspergillus (like Aspergillus candidu, Aspergillus carneus, Aspergillus clavatus,Aspergillus deflectus. Some are more pathogenic than others. One of the worst is Aspergillus flavus which produces a type of mycotoxin that is an aflatoxin (a known carcinogen, and known to be the cause of eye, ear, respiratory and throat infections, and more.

I think you must mean Myxomycetes, which are slime molds can contribute to hay fever and asthma.

Varietals of Cladosporium can cause skin lesions, eye ulceration, mycosis (including onychomycosis, an infection of the nails of the feet or hands) edema and bronchiospasms; chronic cases may develop pulmonary emphysema.

Take a look at our glossary for more details.

You can eliminate specific colonies, but NO MOLD can be completely removed. This is because there is always going to be some level of mold spores in the outside air. With excellent filtration, (hepafiltration, etc) you can lower the concentration. That is why mold inspectors take outdoor levels of mold as a “control.” It is reasonable to expect your home to have at least the same concentration of mold as the outdoor air. It may sound alarming, but there is a big difference between trace amounts found in ambient air and a mold infestation.

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What could these fungi be?

Dear George,

please what could these fungi be 1 green surface and yellow edge 2 gray surface and white edge 3 white woolly surface with sported black 4 black surface all in SDA

THANKS

Timmy, Timmy, Timmy,

We can’t do your homework for you.
If you want to look at our glossary, it should help you identify your specimens. You can look through the Mold Glossary which is quite extensive, and also you can look through some of snapshots in our mold scrapbook.

However, if you are a homeowner with this assortment growing in your house, please schedule an appointment with us!

Signed,
ByebyeMold™


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May I obtain a copy of mold test results?

Category : Lab , Law , Test results , Testing

Dear George,
As a tenant in the State of Nevada, may I obtain a copy of mold test results without going through my landlord?

Byebye Mold policy is that whoever orders and purchases the mold testing owns the results.

If your landlord refuses to give you the mold result documents, you can always have tests done yourself, regardless of the law of your local state. In other words, whether or not you are entitled to your landlord’s test results, you can always have your own tests done; and your own tests belong to you.


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Are there reliable tests to indicate the presence of mold?

Category : Lab , Science , Testing


Almost all of us already have two effective mold detectors: our eyes and our noses. If black or green discoloration is noticed that is fuzzy in appearance and is in a location that is damp or had been damp, it is almost certainly mold. If a building smells musty, there probably is mold somewhere; the mold may be on boxes stored in a basement or in walls or in the crawl space. If you want to find mold, look for the presence of water or a location where water was likely to have been. If there is still any question about whether the black stuff is mold, have a reliable laboratory examine the material. All you need to know is whether mold is seen when the material is examined under the microscope.

ByeBye Mold uses the services of a professional laboratory and maintains proper chain of custody.

An increasing number of companies are offering “air testing for mold.” On the surface this seems like a reasonable thing to do but the results of most air sampling for mold may be meaningless if not performed properly. Our lab can indicate the specific mold if need be, especially useful if an allergist is narrowing down possibilities of specific allergens.

Air sampling should help help identify the location of a hidden reservoir of mold. It may also provide a meaningful record if you ever have to go to court, although safety benchmarks for airborne mold have not been universally agreed upon by health, science and legal professionals.
Air sampling for mold should be done either to obtain an answer to a question that cannot be answered without the air sampling, for legal purposes, or to obtain data as part of a research project.

The outdoor sample establishes a baseline for comparative evaluation of the indoor air samples. Because there are no federal standards for mold spore count levels in residences, schools, or other buildings, the mold inspection industry guidelines are derived from NYC (New York City) standards and the ACGIH
(American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists).

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