Study Finds That Fungi Release Toxins Directly Into Air

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Study Finds That Fungi Release Toxins Directly Into Air

A recent study conducted by French researcher Jean-Denis Bailly and his colleagues has found that mycotoxins from mold can disperse into the air under normal conditions.

The researchers examined the mycotoxins produced by three types of fungi, and discovered that “this transfer to air requires air velocities that can be encountered in ‘real life conditions’ in buildings.”

These aerosolized mycotoxins pose a health risk for the occupants as they can be easily inhaled and can penetrate into the respiratory tract.

The researchers further noted that approximately twenty percent to forty percent of buildings in Northern Europe and North America have macroscopically visible fungal growth. Therefore, it is crucial that any risk assessment regarding fungal growth in buildings takes these findings into consideration.


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I smell mold in my remodeled house

Dear George,

Moved into remodeled house. Water has been a problem during the remodeling. One room smell musty after heavy rains, however I do not see any mold. Can you suggest the best way to approach this?

If you smell mold, it is likely there IS mold.

The best thing to do is to call a company like ByeByeMold and have them do an assessment.

They have the tools to detect water behind the wallboard, so that existing mold can be pinpointed with the least possible intrusion. Once the extent of the damage has been located and determined, you can move on from there, either with the construction company’s warranty, a new construction company, legal action, etc, whatever the case warrants.