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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Parents Concerned after Mold was Discovered at Eisenhower High School, WA

Parents have expressed concerns after mold was discovered in a classroom at Eisenhower High School, Yakima, Washington.

According to Beth Rothamel, a parent of a freshman, “It’s very irritating to know that my son’s health has been in danger, they don’t know what kind of mold it is it could be toxic mold and they’re letting the kids breathe it and they’re not informing parents that’s what irritates me the most about the whole thing.”

However, the Yakima School District website says that the classroom showing high levels of mold has been cleaned and is safe for occupancy.

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World Health Organization Report on Mold

The World Health Organization composed a publication revealing scientific evidence on health problems associated with building moisture and biological agents.

The attached Scientific review concludes that the most important effects are increased prevalences of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as perturbation of the immunological system.

The publication is available for download



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Klamath-Trinity School District Closes Schools Due to Mold Issues

The schools in Eastern Humboldt County’s Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District have been closed due to mold issues.

The Superintendent of Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District Jon Ray said in a statement, “Effective today, we are required to take immediate health and safety measures involving remediation due to mold. These health and safety measures also include immediately evacuation and closure of several classrooms, cafeterias and kitchens that will affect all campuses.”

The schools that have been closed include:

1. Hoopa Valley Elementary School
2. Hoopa Valley High School
3. Trinity Valley Elementary School
4. Two Rivers – Rivers Edge Community Day School
5. Weitchpec Yurok Magnet/Elementary School
6. Jack Norton Elementary School
7. Orleans Elementary School
8. Captain John Continuation High School

The schools re-open on Monday, February 22.

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Franklin County Health Department Faces Mold Issue

The Franklin County Health Department building in Columbus, Ohio, was temporarily shut down on September 2, due to mold issues.

According to Franklin County manager Angela Harris, the building was briefly vacated to seal off mold-infested areas for treatment. The staff was requested to vacate the building and customer services were made limited.

Harris said the department was informed about the issue on August 21 and the test reports came out within 4 days. “We have had employees complain about sinus and allergy problems since the report came out… Perhaps 20 or more have expressed that they have had, in some point in time, an allergy or sinus problems,” she said.

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Atlanta Resident Complains of Mold Infestation in his Apartment

A resident of a Peoples’ Town Villas apartment in southeast Atlanta, Georgia, has complained that mold is making him sick.

Joseph Culler said he suffers from an ailment that weakens his immune system and mold infestation in his apartment is further worsening his condition. “I know about mold, it’s very lethal. It’ll kill you, especially with my kind of condition. I have seizures as well,” he said.

He said he showed the mold to the property managers but they have not yet done anything to clean it.

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Workers Walk Out to Warn About Black Mold in Muskegon Hotel

The workers of Victory Inn and Suites, Muskegon, Michigan, have warned the public regarding black mold growth in several rooms.

“I can’t take it no more,” said Alicia Rogers from the hotel’s housekeeping service, who led the group of 6 workers and gathered outside the hotel to warn the masses. According to Alicia, they tried to talk to the hotel management regarding the issue, but they do not care.

Another worker, Christopher Hill, said, “They just asked me yesterday to wipe down a room that had mold growing on a ceiling, to wipe it down so they could rent it out the same night, it’s disgusting,…I’m worried about the health of me, the other employees, and our customers.”

The employees further revealed that the issue has been going on since at least 4 months.

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Mold-Infested Abandoned House in Union Beach Poses Health Threat to Neighbors

Authorities revealed that an abandoned, mold-infested home at Saint James Avenue in Union Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey could be causing health issues for the nearby residents.

The house, which was left abandoned after Sandy storm, was recently inspected, after a neighbor complained that the mold is making his family sick. The inspection confirmed that there was mold growth inside the house and some windows were left open.

The Union Beach officials said they will try to get the property added into the list of houses scheduled for demolition.

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report suspected black mold in a Nursing Home

Dear George,

How do i anonymously report suspected black mold in a Nursing Home? I have very close friends living in a nursing home that I have heard has black mold growing on the walls under the wall paper. I do not want my friends subjected to retaliation.

Mold Spy

Dear Spy,

It depends on the nursing home. Who are you talking about reporting to? If it is a decent nursing home, they will be open and willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the environment hospital-immaculate.

Report to the health department or the Nursing home

You would report it the same way anything would be reported, using regular channels–or if you actually knew the location of the moldy area (s), you might go to the local television station that does televised product testing and consumer protection.

If you are really concerned about the Nursing home, if the staff is rude or the care is lax in other ways, then by all means, report to your local health department.

US Health and Human Services

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