Florida State University Students Find Mold in Dorm Rooms

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Florida State University Students Find Mold in Dorm Rooms


Students at Florida State University, who returned to their dorms this week, have reported mold in the rooms.

According to FSU freshman Stefanie Prieto, “I came back on Sunday night, and the moment I walked in it just smelled disgusting and there was like mold all over the floors, all over the furniture, all over my items…The air quality definitely makes people cough, I know when I moved in over the fall, I got bronchitis because of the air quality, and I know people are still getting sick now after they moved in from winter break.”

The university housing department said they discovered the mold in about 50 rooms just before the students returned from winter break. According to Director Shannon Staten, “We started immediately with staff and cleaned the rooms we found, and made sure we were getting in there and trying to get it cleared up.”


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Mold Tests to be Conducted in Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

An anonymous complaint lodged with the state Department of Labor has prompted the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, South Salem, New York, to get 5 out of 6 buildings tested for mold infestation.

Some weeks ago, the teachers union had expressed their concern regarding the presence of mold. However, the administration, after “visually re-examining the areas in question”, confirmed that there was no evidence backing up the concern. A statement released by the district stated, “Because no evidence had been discovered, no subsequent action was taken.”

Recently, as a result of the notification received on August 22 by the state Labor Department, the district has hired an environmental engineering firm to conduct air quality tests.


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Mold Spore Count in Chicago Recorded Near Dangerous Level

According to a recent press release, the Gottlieb Allergy Count for mold spores in Chicago almost reached the threshold for the air quality level to be termed as ‘dangerous’.

On June 30, the count was recorded to be 45,000, while the threshold of 50,000 is considered dangerous. The mold count was at its highest level since March this year.

Joseph Leija, MD, who is an allergist and performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count said in the press release, “The extreme humidity coupled with hot temperatures and rain have created a soupy environment that is causing serious distress for those with mold allergies and asthma…It’s like having a hot, wet towel over your face all the time for many with sensitive systems. Difficulty breathing, itchy throat, coughing and fatigue is what Chicagoans feel today and possibly for the rest of the week.”

Leija advised the sensitive people to “stay inside, run the air conditioning and, above all, take medication” when the threshold is so high.