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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Residents of Rental House Sue Landlord Over Black Mold Infestation

Residents of a rental house in Alton, Illinois, have filed a lawsuit against the landlord, alleging that the property was infested with black mold.

The lawsuit claims that black mold is a serious health hazard, and the defendants failed to prevent mold growth which has caused injury and pain to the plaintiffs Patrick Phillips, Chasity Phillips and four minor children.

The lawsuit names Rashad Robinson, CR Investments, CR Property Investments, LLC, Robinson Realty and Especial Services and Renovations, as well as owners and managers of the property located in Residence Street.


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Is there mold below the surface?

Dear George,
Got a question that I just can’t seem to say it without too many words.

I just found what the apartment maintenance manager called black mold. He says that he is going to spray clorox on the about 6 inches spot and is going to seal it?

Dear wordy,

Have you ever seen a blue cheese? Have you noticed how the threads of blue run through the cheese, not along it’s surface? That is because mold does not grow only on the surface. The wallboard your mold it is growing on is “food” and what mold you see is only a percentage of what is actually there. Your maintenance manager’s bleach solution will work if the mold is actually only superficial, like perhaps, growing superficially on your shower grout . (Odds are against mold being superficial.) But mold is a symptom of an underlying issue–somewhere you have a water leak or excess humidity which allowed the mold to take root. So before you go for the bleach…

1) Make sure that you find and eliminate the water leak;
2) Dry up your humidity issues;
3) Replace, paint and seal the new wallboard.

If you do not eliminate the water/humidity situation, the mold will just grow back.

It is a good idea to have a mold inspection first, to set a baseline; then after remediation, follow up with another set of readings. That way you will be able to locate other affected areas, even if you cannot see them; and you will be able to tell if the remediation was effective.

Call 1-800-686-1992 to schedule a reading.