Mold in the News: Issue 49

Mold in the News: Issue 49
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Mold forces Branstads to vacate Terrace Hill: Black mold has forced Gov. Terry Branstad and his wife, Chris, from their upper-floor residence at the governor’s mansion at Terrace Hill in Des Moines, an aide confirmed Thursday. “The governor and first lady are fine. They left the house upon returning from the trade trip to Brazil and Chile on Saturday,” said Jenae Jenison, the governor’s deputy communications director. “We are still awaiting final estimates, but it will most likely be at least three weeks before they can return. Do note, the rest of Terrace Hill is still safe for visitors and tours.”
FEMA Predicts Mildew and Mold to Become Common in Florida Homes: Mold in flood-damaged homes and other structures can cause health problems if it is not eliminated. People with asthma, allergies and other breathing conditions may be more sensitive to mold, and people with immune suppression are more susceptible to infections caused by mold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quick action can minimize the damage caused by mold and stop its spread. Do not wait for an inspector to begin cleanup. If possible, take pictures of the damage.
Mold exposure in infancy linked to childhood asthma: While mold is considered an asthma trigger and risk factor for exacerbating asthma, new research links three mold species to childhood development of asthma, according to a study by University of Cincinnati researchers. Infants who had higher values on an index that screened homes for 36 molds were associated with an increased asthma risk. Researchers evaluated nearly 300 children at the ages of 1 and 7, and 24% were diagnosed with the chronic lung disease at the age of 7. About 12% of the children with asthma were allergic to mold and 58% were allergic to airborne substances at age 7. Dust samples were collected when the children were 8 months old. They were all born between 2001 and 2003 in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. At least one parent had allergies. There were no significant differences between the distributions of parental asthma, gender, race and income between the 289 children, according to researchers. Tiina Reponen, co-author of the study, said while it is known that mold is a risk factor for asthma, this is the first study that quantitatively measured mold and after adjusting for commonly known risk factors, found an association with asthma. Previously, other studies had shown qualitative or anecdotal associations, she said. “If you have visible mold or water damage – that is associated with the risk of asthma symptoms and all sorts of other respiratory (issues) like rhinitis (runny nose) and wheezing.”
MOLD and HEALTH (1)
High mold count signals dangerous air quality warning in Chicago: Chicago’s mold count today is 125,000 plus – more than double the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning. “Today’s mold count is the highest I have recorded in more than 15 years,” said Dr. Joseph Leija, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest. “Midwesterners with sensitive respiratory systems will experience itchy throats, runny noses and feel generally rundown.” The official Gottlieb Allergy Count for today is: Mold Very High and Weeds Low. “The continuous heat, the high humidity and the weekend rain are the perfect ingredients for mold. I knew the mold count would be high but I was stunned by this morning’s historically high count,” Dr. Leija says. “The Midwest has been crippled by devastating heat and oppressive humidity for months now. I actually started the Gottlieb Allergy Count a month early this season, in March instead of April, because of the mild winter and warm spring.” Headaches, sinus congestion, runny noses and fatigue will be common among Chicagoans today.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (2)
Mold found in building owned by St. Charles School District 303: Mold testing is under way at a recreation center next to St. Charles East High School, the site of a mold problem that shut the school in 2001 and prompted a class-action lawsuit. A painter working at the Norris Recreation Center, 1050 Dunham Road, found the mold Wednesday evening on the wall of a racquetball court, District 303 Superintendent Donald Schlomann said Thursday. The district doesn’t operate the nonprofit recreation center but owns the building.
Hillside Elementary to relocate to WDM church temporarily: “Our worst fear would be that we get to a point in December or January where the mold has gotten out of hand and then what do we do in terms of relocating all those students?” Ansingh said during a recent school board meeting. “It’s a huge inconvenience for sure, but we’ll be able, we hope, in mid-October to welcome students and staff back to a watertight school.”
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Mould out of control: A SINGLE dad with four children is facing homelessness after refusing to pay rent to live in a mouldy house of horrors. Kelso single father Jason Price has spent about $2000 to unsuccessfully remove a virtual rainforest of mould growing in the bathroom of his social housing property. He said the fungus had sprung up within four days of taking his first shower, when he and his children, aged between one and 15, moved into the Simonsen Court home about two years ago. “I’ve used a high-powered gurney inside the bathroom to no effect. No effect at all,” he said. The fungus problem has grown so severe, Mr Price said his family had been forced to shower at a friend’s house, otherwise they risked serious health issues.
Union Gap looking for new temporary city hall: The city of Union Gap is looking to find a new a temporary city hall while they deal with the mold problem inside the original city hall. The city says the mold clean up will take at least five years to complete. Right now, workers are using three buildings including the fire station. The city administrator says this system is not only inefficient, but unsafe.
Residents live with mold that won’t die: The bathroom ceiling in apartment 4B was alive — and Jamaira Paramo feared it would become the death of her kids. Dark gray mold, with ominous black flecks, spread like festering storm clouds above the shower. The vile fungus slithered down the wall, coating the lid of a TRESemme shampoo bottle. “I had to get out of here,” said Paramo, 27, who abandoned the Jackson Houses last year after her 8-year-old boy came down with severe asthma. “My son was getting a lot of attacks.
Residents of Willowbrook seek help with leaks and mold: About 50 residents of the 270-unit Willowbrook neighborhood say shoddy construction left them with leaky balconies that allow water to seep in between the walls and under sliding glass doors in their townhomes. On Saturday, they held a press conference at a nearby post office as they mailed out 2,000 letters in a plea for help to the builder, KB Home, and to all levels of government. They want the builder to buy back the water and mold-damaged units, saying they are unmarketable.