Mold in the News: Issue 53

Mold in the News: Issue 53
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Officials defend keeping quiet on hospital mould issue: Southern Alberta health officials are defending their decision not to issue a public health advisory after discovering mould inside the Crowsnest Pass hospital in June. The mould was found during a routine public health inspection, said Sean Chilton, Alberta Health Services senior vice-president for the south zone. It had spread into walls, ceilings and a family “quiet” room in the central core of the hospital’s medical surgical wing, Chilton said.
Elliot Lake mall’s public library complained of leaks and mould: The public library in the Elliot Lake mall that collapsed in June was marred with persistent leaks and mould that drew the scrutiny of the Ministry of Labour, private engineering companies and the city’s health and safety committee over the course of several years. Concerns about the library’s condition are the latest details to emerge in the story of the roof cave-in at the Elliot Lake Algo Centre on June 23, which killed two women and injured several others. The incident thrust the small northern Ontario community onto front pages across the country and sparking a public inquiry that held its first public meeting last week.
Mould epidemic: Mouldy homes are forcing Australian families out onto the street as landlords and tenants do battle in court over who should have to foot the bill. Lynda Lehmann says she was reduced to living in a tent after her rental house became covered in mould. The matter is now headed for the courts after her landlord, Murray Cooper, denied any responsibility. A magistrate will now decide if the landlord has to pay for the possessions that Ms Lehmann threw out due to the mould.
Does mould cause asthma?: Yes, mould can cause asthma in people genetically predisposed to allergies. Living with mould is never a pleasant experience, whether it’s clinging stubbornly to kitchen tiles or creeping along bathroom walls. We may think a little bit of mould around the house is harmless, but can it actually cause significant health problems such as asthma? Obviously mould can exacerbate asthma, or other allergy symptoms, in people with a known mould allergy. But new research suggests mould might even cause asthma in people who are genetically predisposed to the respiratory illness, says Professor Connie Katelaris, professor of Immunology and Allergy at the University of Western Sydney. The study found children who were predisposed to allergies, because one or more parent had allergies, were at greater risk of developing asthma if certain types of mould were found in their home. “It showed very clearly, with this study at least, that certain indoor moulds can be linked to actually causing asthma in the first place in people who genetically predisposed,” Katelaris says.
District Details Student Transfer to High School, Mold Cleanup Efforts: At the Manchester Township Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night, Superintendent David Trethaway jokingly quipped that it had been “a slow week”, referencing how busy the district had been recently in distributing information to the community regarding the presence of mold at Manchester Township Middle School. “We held presentations for the middle school parents and staff on Monday, and for the high school parents and staff on Tuesday,” said Trethaway, who thanked board members, school administrators and environmental consultation experts for their presence at the meetings and helping to inform the public.
Mold discovered in Upper Township Primary School: Officials have discovered mold in ceiling tiles throughout the primary school. Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday that the mold was found last week, Wednesday, Aug. 15, when members of the school’s custodial staff and building administrators were walking through the building performing a preliminary check for the start of the school year. While the mold was discovered throughout the building, there were “concentrations” of mold found in particular areas, said Palmieri. Initial tests indicate that the building is safe to occupy but the district’s KEYS and continuing education programs have been relocated to the elementary school, he said.
Middle School Mold Remediation Nearing Completion: While Verona middle school students have been enjoying a summer of camp, swimming, vacations and sightseeing, district officials have been hard at work. The district has been working all summer at the F.N. Brown Middle School, where the building has been undergoing remediation and waterproofing to clear the school of any potentially harmful mold. “We had an air quality issue in January because of a water seepage problem,” Verona Superintendent Steven Fiore said recently.
Mold prevention among Barnegat School District improvement projects: Mold cleanup last year at Cecil S. Collins School cost the township school district about $900,000, $200,000 more than expected, according to the superintendent. The cleanup and mold prevention was one of several projects discussed during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. Other projects included lighting upgrades, solar panels, security systems, and window and roof replacements.
Four classrooms sealed due to mold: All the classrooms at Purple Sage Elementary School , won’t be ready for students on the first day of school. Two weeks ago, Round Rock Independent School District officials said mold was found in numerous classrooms. Specialists were hired to take samples of the substance and to test the air quality. Mold abatement started last week and officials originally though the process would take 10 days, but new tests received on Friday indicates some rooms will have to be sealed off for further treatment.
Mold Found In Air At Wilbur & McMahon Schools: A Rhode Island environmental firm found higher than normal levels of mold in four classrooms and the cafeteria at the Wilbur & McMahon Schools in Little Compton. Professional cleaners are working to rid the Wilbur & McMahon School building of mold after a report showed higher than normal levels in the air in four classrooms and the cafeteria. Supt. Kathryn Crowley said Clean Care of New England will clean the affected areas on Monday using a commercial fungicide or bleach solution. “The report came in today and shows high amounts of Aspergillus Penicillum,” said Crowley in email sent to parents earlier today.
Apt. company speaks about Hopewell sewage and mold issues: Kyle Stephenson is surprised at what has transpired over the last 48 hours. Stephenson is owner of KRS Holdings, the company a Hopewell Court asked to take over managing four apartment complexes in the city, back in May. One of the four properties, Broadway East Apartments, is the one that has been flooded with raw sewage, and residents have been told they have to move because of health concerns. Mold was also discovered, by inspectors. Stephenson said that all four properties have their problems. “All of the buildings need work, no question about that.” “There are buildings that we alerted to the city that we felt were inhabitable, we let them know that we boarded them up,” he said.
Health officials: Renters’ contracts should address mold issues upfront: Microscopic organisms that live on plant or animal matter can also be found in the air and on outdoor and indoor surfaces, according to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality – and sometimes, they can create health problems. Mold found in a house or an apartment complex thrives in areas with a lot of moisture, and often enters through an open door, window, vents, and heating and cooling systems. Individuals sensitive to mold can experience health effects when exposed to the fungal species, while others may not have any reactions, said Cherokee County Health Department Community Health Programs Coordinator Karen Sherwood.
With mould in the walls, elderly face eviction: Two years ago, Beverly Deroy began using an inhaler. The Montreal senior had no history of respiratory illness, she wasn’t prone to lung infections or bouts of coughing. But in the months before she visited a doctor in 2010, she noticed her breathing was strained and sometimes painful. Like many of the residents of her Côte-des-Neiges apartment building, Deroy began feeling a kind of dampness throughout her home. “When I woke up and put my feet on the carpet next to my bed, it felt humid,” she told The Gazette. “The air seemed a little thick.” Deroy soon learned that her breathing trouble was linked to a mould problem in the building, a senior housing facility run by the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal. The municipal body manages more than 27,000 social housing units throughout the island of Montreal.
Sewage and mold force residents out of condemned apartments: residents at Broadway East apartments in Hopewell woke up to the smell of sewage, danger signs and evacuation orders Tuesday. “The officer knocked on the door this morning,” said resident Shelia Morse. “He said if you can leave sooner, leave sooner because he said it’s a hazard for the baby.” City of Hopewell officials condemned the property after finding mold, human waste and sewage in the basement of the apartment complex. Residents said KRS Holdings, Inc. own the property. “I mean they need to put us up somewhere,” Morse said. “Some of us have nowhere to go.” “I found out this morning we had to evacuate our building,” said resident, Frank Graves, III. “And, when we called code enforcement, they told us the landlord knew, but they never came to us.” “I’m trying to find a home for my kids and me,” he added.