Mold in the News: Issue 57

Mold in the News: Issue 57
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FEATURED STORY (2)
Family: Child sick from mold at school: The family and doctor of a 6-year-old boy who spent three days at the hospital say mold at his elementary school may be to blame. WAVY.com obtained a mold summary report at Chesapeake’s Great Bridge Primary School by McKee Environmental which confirmed mold was found within the school building. Samples were sent to a lab and were returned with much higher levels of mold than expected. In the report, McKee Environmental states only a doctor can determine the “healthiness of an environment.” Six-year-old Landon Miller started feeling groggy Wednesday, his first day of first grade. “He wasn’t feeling well. He actually fell asleep on the bus,” Landon’s grandmother Ronna Thomas said. “While he was [at home] his breathing seemed rather labored, you could see his little ribs when he inhaled. We took him to a doctor who listened to his chest and said, ‘Get him to the hospital right now.’ The doctor said he was in respiratory distress.” Landon spent three days at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Landon’s doctor, Patrick Gerbus, wrote the following letter to the Chesapeake Schools System: “Landon’s … wheezing correlated with his first two days of school in a class noted to have elevated Aspergillis mold levels. While there may be another trigger for his wheezing, this coincidence is concerning. Given the severity of his wheezing, I would recommend that he be placed in a different class setting, outside of this school wing, until an allergist’s evaluation can take place.”

Family Sues Wichita Home Builder After Mold Found: Moving into their new home should have marked an exciting new beginning but a Wichita family says instead it was the beginning of a nightmare. Not long after moving into their new east Wichita home in late 2010, Amy and Jason Perrault say they noticed something wasn’t right. “We started having rain that would come in the windows and around all the doors,” Amy Perrault said. “At the same time, our son was continually getting sick, respiratory-wise.” They say the home developed mold around those windows and doors and inside the walls. And they say two-year-old Kalen’s coughing fits grew worse.
MOLD and HEALTH (1)
Study finds perilous mold in Colorado pot-growing operations: Police and other first responders may be exposed during busts of illegal marijuana- growing operations to dangerous levels of mold that could lead to potentially deadly respiratory diseases, researchers said Monday. A team working with National Jewish Health researcher Dr. John Martyny reviewed conditions in 30 marijuana- growing operations in Denver, Littleton and Larimer County and found mold levels at times 100 times higher than considered safe and in a few cases so high that their instruments could not read the levels. “These are pretty incredible exposures,” Martyny said during a news conference where the findings were reported. “These are extremely high levels that we would consider dangerous.”
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (6)
Little Compton students return to school after mold detection: It’s a week into classes at Little Compton’s Wilbur-McMahon School, and the dehumidifiers are still plugged in. There are still some mold spores in the air around the building, but nowhere near the levels that, a few weeks ago, would have prevented it from opening for the new school year. In mid-August, environmental tests conducted in the school revealed high levels of Aspergillus penecillin growing in the school’s cafeteria and in four classrooms, including rooms where kindergarten and first-graders are taught.
OCHS Awaits Final Test Results After Mold Cleanup: Environmental cleanup crews finished work removing mold from parts of Ocean City High School on Monday, and school officials are awaiting the results of final air and surface testing. Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said on Monday that the school hopes to see test results returned on Tuesday.
Mold discovery suspends classes at the Northfield School District, again: Students in the Northfield Community School District were informed that school won’t begin until September 21st due to the existence of mold. Parents received an email over the weekend explaining reasons for the two week delay. A professional mold remediation company has begun working to remove the mold on Sunday, exclaimed Superintendent Janice DeCicco Fipp.
Parent: Mold at Timberlawn Elementary: Elvante Seaton says the first letter regarding mold at Timberlawn Elementary School came home with his 6 year old daughter two weeks ago. Mold had been found in a classroom. “And in that classroom, which was my daughter’s classroom, they were gonna be moving her out of the class, now her class would be in the cafeteria or something like that,” he says. Seaton says two nights ago, his daughter, a first grader, began vomiting. Then on Tuesday, another letter was sent home. It states that elevated mold levels have been found in many classrooms at Timberlawn. The letter says measures have been taken to adjust the air conditioning so mold growth is not promoted. Parents are advised to dress their children for chillier classrooms. The letter states the district is working diligently to resolve the problem.
Parents worry over possible mold growth: A group of concerned parents in Citronelle is worried their kids’ school is infested with mold. Parents noticed kids at McDavid-Jones Elementary in Citronelle were getting sick and they brought their complaints all the way to the state Department of Education. Two parents, who did not want to be identified, have noticed a strange trend among kids at McDavid-Jones elementary over the past couple of weeks. One parent said, “They’re getting really sick. They are coughing. They’re sneezing, all the allergy symptoms.” Another parent added, “Nosebleeds, coughing, vomiting, asthma attacks.” And they blame dark spots they’ve noticed on ceiling tiles and air vents- spots they feel is mold.
Two parents say Derby Middle School has mold: Two Derby Middle school parents have taken their kids out of school because of alleged mold in the school. “And I immediately got in the car and went to the school to pull here out until we find out what’s going on and what kind of steps they are going to take to make sure the environment is safe for our kids,” says parent Kasey Slechta. Kasey says she noticed her daughter suffering from respiratory problems shortly after the school year began. Concerned, she talked to school leaders. Those school leaders replaced at least two ceiling tiles. The school says the tiles were discolored. Kasey says it could be mold.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Mold Regulations Hurt Renters in Bay County: Mold is a very common in Florida for three reasons, moisture, a good environment for things to grow, and weak laws regulating mold in homes. “The state can’t mandate a property owner to do anything about mold,” said Mark Broersma with Disaster Response Team. Wesley and Marianna Trawick found that out the hard way. They have been trying to get rid of what they believe is mold covering their living room window. They say the property owner is not helping. “They came in and said they wanted to look into where this problem started, tore a hole in my wall and it’s still exposed,” said Wesley Trawick. “They can’t be exposing people to this kind of living condition and the owners don’t want to fix it,” said his wife Marianna. “Something has to be fixed.”
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Getting Ready To Move, Tired Of Mold: The countdown is on for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to move across the street, and employees there say they can’t wait…mostly to get away from the mold. The Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) has had mold issues for years. In 2004, a report found excess amounts of mold due to leaks and moisture in the building. The city spent $400,000 to improve conditions there, but a member of the Sheriff’s Command Staff says that was just a band-aid.
Mold, leaks in apartments that cost Savannah $13M: A new public-private housing development that received $13 million from Savannah taxpayers has been plagued with mold, mildew and leaks that allow water to seep into apartments, according to tenants and city officials looking into the problems. Savannah Gardens opened its first units in November after five years of work to demolish and replace the former Strathmore Estates, a crumbling and privately owned low-income housing complex from the World War II era. Touted by city leaders for its mix of subsidized and market-rate housing, Savannah Gardens is slated to have 330 apartments and 120 single-family homes when it’s completed in 2014. Its total estimated cost is $100 million.
Mold cleanup begins at Redbird Smith Health Center: The process of cleaning the mold that forced the Redbird Smith Health Center’s closure in August has begun with the removal of shelving and sheetrock from walls to gain access to the mold. Connie Davis, Cherokee Nation Health Services executive director, said a company to remove the mold would be chosen soon and that the estimated cleanup cost is $500,000 to $2 million. “It’s going to take a minimum of 120 days. That’s our best estimate,” she said. “It’s (mold) throughout the clinic.” Davis said “poor construction design” didn’t provide “adequate drainage” for the clinic’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, allowing mold to grow.
LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING MOLD (1)
Former Loyola grad student says school’s alleged mold made her sick: In her suit Monday, Dawn Kissack said she began a PhD program in the university’s chemistry department in August 2009, and came down with respiratory problems about a month later. She claims she also felt light-headed and fatigued, and noticed her symptoms grew worse as she spent time in Flanner Hall, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. Kissack claims her illness became so severe she could not keep her grades up. She lost her scholarships as a result, forcing her to drop out of the program. The suit claims Loyola University knew about a mold problem in the building and hired a company in July of 2010 that found high concentrations of Aspergillus and Penicillium molds, as well as other molds.
MISC. (1)
Mold And Mildew: How To Detect Mold: Did you know that September is Mold Awareness Month? I didn’t, but given that the massive cleanup from Hurricane Katrina started occurring in September 2007, that timing makes perfect sense to me. I recently received a tip sheet from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) about how to recognize signs of mold and mildew or water damage, and how to catch these issues early on, or to prevent them from happening all together.

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