There is considered to be a zero tolerance for the presence of Stachybotrys mold spores.
This is based on the fact that Stachybotrys is rarely found in the natural outdoor environment; it is associated with water damaged building materials, and it has been associated with human health symptoms.
Stachybotrys is a dark colored fungus that thrives on water damaged wallboard, wallpaper, and insulation. This fungus has the ability to produce very toxic chemicals, called mycotoxins. Exposure to these toxins can produce dermatitis, coughs, rhinitis, nosebleed, burning in the nasal passages as well as the throat and lungs, headache, sore throat, cold-like symptoms, intermittent local hair loss, general fatigue, and fever.
Stachybotrys behind vinyl wallpaper
Stachybotrys colonization of ceiling and ceiling cavity.
Stachybotrys colony on drywall paper surface.
Additional information on Stachybotrys
- Stachybotrys Wikipedia
- Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds Center for Disease Control
- What is Stachybotrys atra? Federal Occupational Health
- Indoor Mold, Toxigenic Fungi, and Stachybotrys chartarum: Infectious Disease Perspective National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Review of Toxicological Literature
- Molds: Stachybotrys chartarum (atra)
- Stachybotrys chartarum American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
- Comparative genome sequencing reveals chemotype-specific gene clusters in the toxigenic black mold Stachybotrys BMC Genomics
- Stachybotrys elegans: a destructive mycoparasite of Rhizoctonia solani
- DISTRIBUTION AND OCCURRENCE OF Stachybotrys chartarum
- Bye Bye Mold’s Mold Glossary DISTRIBUTION AND OCCURRENCE OF Stachybotrys chartarum
- “Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health?”(By Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.)
- Stachybotrys sp. Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes.
- Is Exposure to Mold Making Us Crazy? By Michael A. Pinto, Ph.D., CSP & Cherie Fennema.