Mold in the News: Issue 67

Mold in the News: Issue 67
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 9 stories we thought may interest you!
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US firm found mold long before shipping tainted drugs: The New England Compounding Center (NECC) voluntarily shut down operations and recalled all of its products in the wake of the unprecedented outbreak, which health authorities say has sickened 338 people in 18 states. The fungus that contaminated the steroids and caused the potentially deadly infections was so prevalent it could be seen with the naked eye. Investigators searching a bin of 321 vials found “greenish black foreign matter” in 83 vials and “white filamentous material” in 17 others, according to a preliminary report by the Food and Drug Administration.
Mold After Flooding Could Pose Health Risk, Cause Respiratory Symptoms: Superstorm Sandy has left buildings and boardwalks ravaged, subways and streets flooded and hundreds of thousands of people throughout the northeast evacuated from their homes due to flood dangers. But once the water has gone down and people are able to return to their homes, those who have experienced flooding in their residences should be aware of another potential health danger — mold. Mold’s ideal growth environment is a flooded home, since it’s moist inside and there’s “organic” material (such as ceiling tile or carpet padding made from natural fibers), which allows for the germination of mold spores, according to the New York State Department of Health.
“We are totally trapped” – nightmare of young Costessey couple whose new home is riddled with mould: A couple whose newly-built home has been riddled with mould for four years spoke today of their “nightmare”. Sarah Hall and her fiancé, Peter Aspery, bought the flat in Queen’s Hills, in Costessey, from Taylor Wimpey in April 2008. But since moving in they have spent time living in a hotel to escape the damp and now sleep in their living room as their bedroom is too mouldy. Despite builders carrying out work, the problems have persisted.
How to combat winter allergies: Winter months can be brutal for people sensitive to mold spores and dust mites, but help is at hand. Dr. William Reisacher, director of The Allergy Center in the Department of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Rachel Miller, director of allergy and immunology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, have offered ten simple tricks to keep mold and dust mites at bay and make the winter months more bearable for indoor allergy sufferers
Act Quickly to Beat Mold After a Flood: If you’re trying to clean up a house flooded by Hurricane Sandy, be aware that you’re in a race against mold and bacteria, which can grow quickly in damp environments. Mold is especially dangerous for people with breathing problems caused by allergies or asthma. But high levels of mold can also cause problems for people who are relatively healthy. Symptoms of mold exposure include wheezing, shortness of breath, sore throats, flu-like aches and pains, and fatigue. Mold isn’t the only threat from flooding. Bacteria may also be a problem if your house was soaked by sewage. Bacteria can cause dangerous gastrointestinal and skin infections.
Mold cleanup at Chesapeake schools complete: Crews finished tackling a mold outbreak in Hickory High School this week after quarter-size colonies sprouted on desks in 19 classrooms. Teachers noticed the mold before the school year began, said Tom Cupitt, a school division spokesman. Patches of mold on a larger scale also were spotted around the same time at Great Bridge Primary School, said Steven Gilbert, the division’s assistant superintendent for operations.
Call for Action: Management responds to mold in Audubon Cove: A Call for Action investigation is getting answers about an apartment complex with mold. We’ve learned the mold issue at Audubon Cove has been an issue for years. A whistleblower who used to work at Audubon Cove in south Fort Myers said he was fired because he reported the issues himself. Since our first story in July, WINK News has gotten complaints about mold from current residents and former employees. They’ve spoken exclusively to WINK News because they have questions of why and we’ve got answers.
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For Hurricane Sandy flood victims, a guide to fixing your home, from Hurricane Katrina survivors at The Times-Picayune: Victims of flooding in the Northeast wrought by superstorm Sandy have a long road to recovery ahead. Here’s a guide to repairing flooded homes written by staffers of The Times-Picayune who survived Hurricane Katrina, first published Sept. 17, 2005, and slightly updated here. The articles, written by Karen Taylor Gist, Renee Peck and Judy Walker, contain information from The Red Cross; Federal Emergency Management Agency; interviews with contractors, structural engineers, industrial hygienists, insurance adjusters, residents who have previously mitigated after hurricanes and floods.
State labs say mold, not bird, found in Uncle Ben’s Rice: State lab results reveal mold, not a bird, was in a packet of Uncle Ben’s ready rice reportedly purchased in Goochland. Two customers contacted NBC12 after they say a bird was inside their Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice packet. The women said when they opened the packet of rice, the smell was horrendous and they thought there was a dead animal inside.

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