Mold in the News: Issue 65

Mold in the News: Issue 65
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FEATURED STORY (1)
Mould damage costs nearly half a billion euros each year: A new report ordered by a parliamentary committee shows that health problems associated with mould and damp problems in Finnish buildings cost around 450 million euros each year.
MOLD and HEALTH (1)
CDC: Meningitis Mold In Tainted Drug Can Incubate For Months: As the caseload of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted steroid drug climbs, experts are learning more about this human-made epidemic. The signs indicate that cases could still be emerging until Thanksgiving or beyond. The latest count is 268 cases of meningitis and three patients with fungal joint infections, spread across 16 states from New Hampshire to Texas and Idaho to Florida. Twenty-one people have died. The illness is caused by a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum, a black mold that usually attacks plants. It’s so rare as a cause of human illness that nobody knows its incubation period. So it’s hard to predict when the outbreak will be over, even though presumably no patients received the contaminated steroid since the Massachusetts pharmacy that made it recalled three lots on Sept. 21.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (5)
Montevallo school’s mold problem should end by December: Fifth-graders at Montevallo Elementary School displaced by the discovery of mold near their classrooms should return to their regular seats by December, Shelby County School District’s deputy superintendent said Thursday night. “I’m hoping they will be back before Christmas break,” deputy superintendent Tom Ferguson said in an interview after the Board of Education’s meeting at the district’s office building in Columbiana. The roughly 100 pupils in the five affected classrooms have been attending school in portable buildings as crews clean up the mold and work on preventing future occurrences at the institution. District superintendent Randy Fuller has said the mold developed after an “inordinate amount of rain caused moisture to get into the classroom” combined with a “drainage issue” at the building.
Mold issue at Middle Township Schools raised during board meeting: Stacey Adelizzi says she’s looking for answers, but says she’s being stonewalled. The Middle Township mother says her children are home sick on doctor’s orders, claiming that excessive mold levels at Middle Township’s Elementary School #1 are to blame. Adelizzi attended Thursday night’s school board meeting and had a representative from her attorney’s office raise the issue of transparency and availability of information on the mold situation during the meeting’s public comment section.
Malavoy should turn attention to mould in schools: Sam Allison recalls that Education Minister Marie Malavoy had to resign her seat in the National Assembly in 1994 because she was not a Canadian citizen and had “ voted illegally” in various Quebec elections and referendums. He then asks: “Should we take her seriously?” Hard to say, but considering that the most important function of an elected government representative is to pay attention to citizens’ worries and to act, here is one matter that the minister should take seriously: For the past year or so, there have been numerous calls for the government to infuse money into our schools to address the problems of mould and air-quality issues. Evidence has shown that poor indoor air quality can cause illness resulting in absences, which, of course, has an impact on student performance.
Mould test results for Howie Centre school coming: Air quality results expected next week will determine when students can return to their Cape Breton school after it was shut down because of mould. Mountainview Elementary in Howie Centre closed last month after mould was discovered on classroom chairs, in washrooms and filters in the air-handling unit. Some 173 students were transferred to nearby East Bay Elementary.
Students relocated after mould found in school: Nearly 200 students have been relocated after mould was found in a northern Alberta school. The Superintendent for Northland School Division No. 61 told CTV News students at Gift Lake School had been out of class for about a week due to safety concerns. “Some of the staff and some of the students had identified health concerns,” Donna Barrett said, adding the area of concern was in the old wing of the school. Barrett explained that students and staff were complaining about burning eyes, headaches and breathing concerns. “There is some mould in the school,” she confirmed and added that some tape used in construction of the building had tested positive for asbestos.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Gitmo offices contaminated with mould, rat droppings: Legal offices that are so contaminated with mould and rat droppings that lawyers in the September 11 terrorism trial have been getting sick will get a full clean-up and be evaluated by safety experts, a military official said Thursday. A “comprehensive” cleaning of the offices, which are primarily used by defense teams in the Guantanamo Bay tribunals, will begin by the end of the month and be finished in time for a hearing scheduled in December, said Army Capt. Michael Lebowitz, one of the prosecutors in the case of five prisoners charged in the September 11 attacks.
Sheriff’s south precinct to move to former DJJ facility on Mike Padgett Highway: Water leaks and mold are prompting another move of Richmond County Sheriff’s Office staffers. In recent months, the sheriff’s main administrative office staff moved from its mold-infested complex at 401 Walton Way to a new facility. Now its south precinct substation is responding to similar problems with a similar solution. The substation, situated in a former movie theater in Gordon Highway’s Southgate shopping center, plans to move to the old Department of Juvenile Justice building on Mike Padgett Highway (Georgia Highway 56) in December.
MISC. (1)
Mold and mildew: If there’s one thing we don’t want to share our bathrooms with, it’s mold and its creepy companion, mildew. If these two culprits are showing up in your bathrooms, it may be because you are unwittingly inviting them. An untreated plumbing leak is another way mold and mildew arrives, but careless daily habits are another, more common, way they get into your bathroom. Mold and mildew can be the cause of poor indoor air quality. Bathrooms many times are an area where mold and mildew thrive due to amount of excess moisture and humidity that accumulates after showers and baths. Suggested ways to control mold and mildew are to be aware of the following things that cause their growth.