Mold in the News: Issue 126

Mold in the News: Issue 126
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 32 stories we thought may interest you!
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Home checklist: Mold can be major indoor health hazard: Mold does more than look bad. It’s smelly and dangerous to your health. September is Mold Awareness Month, devoted to keeping this hazard out of our homes and stopping infestations quickly.
Flash Flooding on Navajo Nation Displaces Scores, Wrecks Homes With Mold and Mud: Parts of the Navajo Nation are recovering after severe flooding caused by heavy rain in the reservation’s Central Agency area, displacing families and affecting people in Chinle, Many Farms, Rock Point, Tselani/Cottonwood, Dennehotso, and Tonalea among other towns.
Mold problems bring more patients to the doctor: The Mohawk Valley has seen an increase in mold and it’s because of the flood of 2013. The fungus has made many sick and increased patients at many local doctors offices. The mold problems stemmed after still water filled up many people’s basements, soaking their belongings including Katharina Fitch’s, ” It flooded very badly with some basement damage and a lot of water over the electrical box. We have to replace a furnace, water heater and an electrical box.” As the mold increased, many local Doctor’s like Dr. Porus Dhabhar an allergist at Slocum Dickson found themselves treating an increased number of patients.

Mold is ‘Everywhere’ at the Jersey Shore: If you think the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction across the Jersey shore was bad enough, the aftereffects are still happening. Estimates have said that about 20 percent of the homes flooded by the hurricane are still having problems with mold.
Homeowners in Toms River fear mold in Sandy-damaged homes will permanently reduce property value: A massive mold problem continues to plague an Ocean County neighborhood more than 10 months after the superstorm. (THE VIDEO IN THIS STORY IS EXCELLENT!)
Mold in food: Here is what you need to know: You may want to give some items in your fridge the cold shoulder. The recent recall of Chobani Greek yogurt brought new attention to the issue of mold that develops in food, when it’s harmful and what to do about it. On Sept. 5, the company that makes Chobani yogurt voluntarily recalled containers with the code 16-012 and best-by dates of Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.
J&J recall count grows on mold in Risperdal Consta vials: Last July, after running up against a series of problems, Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) pledged to keep a closer watch on its drug manufacturing. But a recall announced Wednesday–the second in as many weeks for the pharma giant–has left some wondering whether J&J has any better handle on its quality control than it did last year.
Mold Count Exceeds 50,000 threshold in the Midwest, reports Gottlieb Allergy Count: If the unseasonable heat that is blanketing the Midwest doesn’t affect area residents, the highest mold count for the 2013 allergy reporting season will. Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest, reports the mold count today is 85,000, a high for 2013, and well over the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning. “The recent series of hot temperatures and high humidity has created high mold growth,” said Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the only consistent allergy count for the Midwest. “Keep the air conditioning running, take your medication and try to avoid going outside.”
Eye Drops Recall Occurring After Complaints of Mold Made: If you bought eye drops at CVS, Wal-Mart or Target, be sure to check the lot numbers to see if they’re part of the recall. The eye drops were distributed between February 2012 and April 2013.
Several classrooms closed after mold spores found at Arcadia High; teacher sickened: Two Arcadia High School classrooms remain closed temporarily because elevated levels of mold were found there.
Cedarbrook Middle School to reopen after mold problems: Cedarbrook Middle School is 43 years old now, and, over the summer, it started showing its age.

Mold at Field Street School in Carneys Point not dangerous, district officials say: The discovery of mold at Field Street School has forced district officials to temporarily move students to other areas of the building until remediation is complete.
Mold cleanup begins at Milltown’s Parkview School: Mold cleanup began this week at the Parkview School on Violet Terrace, said Stephanie Brown, superintendent/curriculum director of the public schools.
Mold at Takoma Park elementary school due to budget shortfalls: It’s a new routine at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park – school lets out and the mold remediation begins.

Boiling Springs High School battling mold: Cleaning crews are tackling mold and mildew found in classrooms at Boiling Springs High School. Students have temporarily been moved out of the affected areas, but school district officials are hopeful the issue will be resolved as early as next week.
State BOE hears stories of mice and mold at Trenton High: Rodents running amok, a roof that leaks when it rains setting off the fire alarm and teachers allegedly being diagnosed with cancer from constant mold exposure.
Wet summer creates mold problems in Chapel Hill: Mold has shut down Chapel Hill High School’s library, and the school isn’t the only place in town where the fungus is among us. School officials discovered mold growing on the spines of leather-bound books last week, and they sealed off the library to students and staff this week as crews work to clean the area and its 25,000 books.
Mold cleaned out of Greenville Co. school: Mold is being cleaned out of a Greenville County school after tests showed it was in 10 rooms, according to district officials.
Mold Issues Ongoing Problem in Schools: Mold issues in Lafayette Parish Schools continue to be an ongoing battle.

Bethlehem Area School District mold cleanup tally reaches $340,000:Cleaning up mold, which delayed the start of the 2013-14 school year for two Bethlehem Area School District buildings, has cost the district about $340,000.
Mold found in Charlotte high school mobile classroom: WBTV has discovered mold on the ceiling of a mobile classroom at a Charlotte high school. A student emailed us pictures of the mold inside of the room inside his English class.

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Student staying home because of mold: Some students in the Harrah School District believe mold is making them sick. “At first I didn’t know about the mold,” said Gayla Barry. “I didn’t know what was wrong with her, why she was so sick at school.”
More Residents Complain About Mold in Apartments: Inside the Whispering Palms Apartments on Arenas Road a question lurks– is there mold inside the complex?
Upton library gears up to fight mold: The Upton Town Library is plagued with mold, and officials hope that fixes planned over the next few months will solve the problem.
Chatham library shut down to remove mold: Eldredge Public Library will be closed to the public for an undetermined amount of time while mold and other problems within the building are addressed.
Mexico Beach police department feels effects of mold: Extended exposure to black mold is known to cause respiratory, circulatory and neurological damage and that just might be what Mexico Beach police officers are experiencing.
Mould in children’s bedrooms for four years and counting: A DESPAIRING single mother says she is being forced to bring her children up in damp and squalid conditions because Hammersmith and Fulham Council will not fix a leak which has existed for four years. Mother-of-three Jean Brahimi, 48, claims the local authority has ignored her pleas and has refused to carry out repairs, leaving children Farouk, 14, Miriam, 11, and Adam, eight, to sleep in rooms covered in black mould at their council home in Westcroft Square, Hammersmith.
Falmouth delays action on $930,000 plan to address mold, rodent waste and other problems at Town Hall: A decision on whether to move forward with $930,000 in Falmouth Town Hall renovations is on hold until the Town Council can discuss financing and construction management in more detail.
Mold in Orlando Ballet building: The Orlando Ballet will not be able to return to its mold-infested headquarters anytime soon, which could have major financial implications for the organization, a ballet official said Monday. A spokesman for Orlando Utilities Commission, which owns the building north of downtown Orlando, said air-quality tests indicate the structure should stay closed until the mold is removed — but he could not say how long that might take.
Condo association sued by owner claiming unrepaired leaks caused mold growth: A condo association is being sued by a condo owner for allegedly not fixing leaks in the building that have resulted in mold growth making the property uninhabitable.
Wheeling woman says home contained mold spores: A woman is suing after allegedly coming into contact with mold spores at her rental home.
Apartment complex sued over resident’s illness allegedly due to black mold: A mother and son who fell ill and had to eventually undergo surgery after occupying an apartment that was later found to contain black mold are suing the apartment complex.