Mold in the News: Issue 116

Mold in the News: Issue 116
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 14 stories we thought may interest you!
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Important tips for staying safe from disease in wake of flood damages: It’s important to avoid disease and play it safe when returning to flooded areas, Alberta Health Services advises. “Floodwaters can carry disease bacteria from raw sewage, which can lead to serious health problems if surfaces and furniture is not thoroughly cleaned and sterilized, and food disposed of,” said AHS in a press release.
County Officials Offer Mold Tips: Monmouth County officials advise residents to be on the lookout for signs of mold in areas of your home and property that may have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
FEMA urges residents to take care of mold: With summer on the horizon, New Jersey residents may be looking in closets, garages and other storage spaces for seasonal items that have been packed away since last September. As they search for items they need for the summer season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking they also be on the lookout for signs of mold in areas of the home and property that may have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
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Couple’s Midhurst home covered in mould: There is so much mould in the house even the mattress they sleep on is covered. “We have to sleep in a wet bed – a soaking wet bed,” said Kathleene. “It’s disgusting. It smells. We have to have air fresheners and everything.” The couple moved in a year and two months ago.
Brace yourself: cats and dogs at risk from new fungus: A new fungal infection may spell doom for cats and cute puppies. Researchers have found a fungus that affects cats, dogs and humans with nasty consequences. Various members of the mould group Aspergillus are widely found. Many of them cause serious diseases in humans and animals, which may be fatal if untreated. The most commonly known member of this group is Aspergillus fumigatus. Its role in causing disease is well-documented.
Seven Ways to Combat Summertime Mold: Warm weather, seaside vacations, flip-flops and shorts – summer is finally here! A cheery time of year filled with BBQs and the beach, summer is also the peak time for mold allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), the number of mold fungi species range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more!?? As warm and humid conditions increase so does the ability for mold growth. Mold grows in damp conditionswhere it reproduces and sends spores into the air.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (5)
Chumuckla Elementary to be checked for mold: Next week the Santa Rosa County School District will begin testing one of its oldest schools for mold. Some people in the district are concerned Chumuckla Elementary may be infested with a toxic growth. “Chumuckla Elementary School has been around for 90 years. Now the Santa Rosa County School Board is having the building tested for mold.”
Mold found in Culver School: Finding mold growing in a newer wing of Culver School was not the way Amy Kruppe wanted to kick off the summer season.
Meridian school leaders update community about mold problem: At the end of May, cleaning crews found mold in the walls of Meridian Elementary School.

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Marshall school district closes annex because asbestos, mold raising concerns about health: The Marshall school district will move about 150 students out of an old school annex contaminated with asbestos and mold because of concerns about the health of teachers and students.
School district office mold, other issues lead to fixes: The central offices for the Berlin Boylston Regional School District have health problems, but they are being resolved, School Committee members learned last week. An air quality study revealed “noticeable mold growth and spores,” according to David Lockwood of The Management Solution, the district’s financial services consultant.
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Mold forces Georgia department out of building: If you go to the Department of Family and Children Services in Glynn County, you’ll see a sign on the door that says the department has temporarily moved a few doors down. The reason: mold.
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Manage mold through better ventilation: Few phrases can strike fear into a homeowner’s heart as powerfully as the words “you have a mold problem.” Mold troubles in your home can cause health troubles for your family, and both issues can be notoriously difficult to resolve. It occurs everywhere in nature, but when mold begins growing indoors, it can damage any surface it grows on and cause respiratory problems for those living in the affected house.
Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin: A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K. This is the first time that this mold, called Phytophthora austrocedrae, has ever been seen in Europe. It threatens a tree that’s native to the U.K. and important to ecosystems there. Junipers are known for the berries, which give gin that piney flavor. Most gin companies don’t get their juniper berries from the U.K. nowadays, ABC News reports, but the infection may cross onto mainland Europe.