Harper Creek Community Schools Closed due to Mold

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Harper Creek Community Schools Closed due to Mold

Harper Creek Community Schools in Battle Creek, Michigan, have been closed after mold was found in three of the middle school classrooms.

Calhoun County officials confirmed that mold was found on the carpet in three classrooms. The carpets were cleaned and sanitized after samples of mold spores were sent to laboratory for testing.

The school district has hired certified technicians to thoroughly clean the classrooms. In the meantime, all schools will remain closed.


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High Volume of Outdoor Mold Spores and Pollen Recorded in Philadelphia

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On May 25th, outdoor mold spores in Philadelphia were recorded at over 7000 spores per cubic meter.

The overall tree pollen volume also increased to 700 pollen grains per cubic meter of air, which is more than double of the volume recorded on Tuesday.

Authorities have warned that this increase in mold spores and pollen can provoke moderate to severe allergy symptoms.


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What Are Molds?

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Molds are ‘tiny microscopic organisms’ that digest organic matter and reproduce by releasing spores. Molds are a type of fungi and there are over 100,000 species. In nature, mold helps decompose or break-down leaves, wood and other plant debris. Molds become a problem when they go where they are not wanted and digest materials such as our homes.

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Molds are “fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors”. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.