Rapid City School Closes for One Week due to Mold Issue

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Rapid City School Closes for One Week due to Mold Issue

Black Hawk Elementary school in Rapid City, South Dakota, has been closed after mold was found in an interior wall.

The school authorities said lab testing is being done to assess the extent of mold infestation. The results are expected on Wednesday.

School district spokeswoman Katy Urban said an alternate place will be arranged for the 410 students if the problem takes more than a week to resolve.

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Is there an agency that issues an inspection and clearance certificate after mold abatement to a commercial building?

Dear George,

I’m in California. Is there an agency that issues an inspection and clearance certificate after mold abatement to a commercial building? Please advise.

The guidelines for mold are that there is no visible mold growth and that the results of the air sampling is equal to or less than the baseline sampling outdoors.

The inspection company–NOT a state agency– issues a report proving that the building passes guidelines for occupancy.

For those in other states, your local Health Dept will be usually be something like the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

FYI California contact information can be found in this HAZARD EVALUATION SYSTEM & INFORMATION SERVICE .pdf.


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Asperguillas/Penicillium and Cladosporin are what type of mold?

Dear George,
Asperguillas/Penicillium and Cladosporin are what type of mold?

What if anything can they do to your health?



Molds can cause a number of responses, more than we can answer here, including any degree of allergy.

If you’re talking about classification, molds are either Zygomycota, Deuteromycota and Ascomycota.

Aspergillus is a genus of around 200 molds.
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Deuteromycota
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Trichocomaceae
Genus: Aspergillus

Penicillium is a genus of ascomyceteous fungi Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Deuteromycota
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Trichocomaceae
Genus: Penicillium

Cladosporium is a genus of fungi:
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Deuteromycota
Order: Moniliales
Family: Dematiaceae
Genus: Cladosporium

Cladosporium are likely to cause skin and nail infection, sinusitis and/or pulmonary infections which can turn to pneumonia.
Aspergillus species cause Aspergillosis ( fever, cough, chest pain or breathlessnes) Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or ABPA,
Acute invasive aspergillosi, and disseminated invasive aspergillosis. Aflatoxins are produced by Aspergillus species; Aflatoxin B1 is a known carcinogen.
Some strains of Penicillium are capable of producing harmful secondary metabolites: alkaloids and other mycotoxins. Ochratoxin A is produced by Penicillium verrucosum causes kidney damage.

Molds create mycotoxins ( toxin produced by an organism of the fungus kingdom)

Toxins are poisons, unrelated to allergy.

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Mold in our Clothes

We have Mold in our close and we told that it might air born and if thats cases we need it taken care of soon please call at — xxx-xxxx

There is no question about it. Mold spores are carried in the air.

Generally if you just wash your clothes, you need to dry them thoroughly. Any clothes put away damp are going to mold. Clothes should be stored thoroughly dry. Washing and drying moldy close could completely solve the problem unless the clothes were moldy for a long period of time, which will degrade the material.

However we are not in the Phoenix area. You need to look locally for a Phoenix company for air quality testing and remediation.

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