Mold in the News: Issue 97

Mold in the News: Issue 97
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 16 stories we thought may interest you!
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Mold From Sandy, Mild Winter Could Make Allergies Worse: Experts say mold from standing water left from Superstorm Sandy coupled with a mild winter could make allergy season a little worse this year. The head of the Lankenau Medical Center’s Allergy Division says the hospital is swamped with allergy sufferers. Some patients have even been hospitalized.
What Does Mold Have to Do with PMS and Depression?: Molds impact millions of people across United States. They are ubiquitous and non-fastidious fungi that can replicate rapidly in warm and moist areas of homes, offices, retail spaces and other buildings. They multiply and produce spores that damage the appearance of the walls of the building. They are also associated with a variety of health conditions related to the respiratory tract including asthma and allergic reactions. Recent studies have also linked molds to other health conditions such as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, and depression. These lesser known complications are often misdiagnosed. You may not receive the right treatment which can, in turn, aggravate your symptoms and prolong your condition.
Mebane apartment residents complain of mold: Some residents at an apartment complex in Mebane are complaining about mold in the complex. Some residents of Mebane Mill Lofts say the mold has led to health problems. The property developer says the problems are temporary and steps are being taken to address them. An inspector with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency says mold was confirmed in the complex earlier this week. Officials are trying to determine where the mold started.
Citing possible mold contamination, N.J.-based pharmacy recalls IV products nationwide: A New Jersey-based pharmacy says it’s voluntarily recalling some intravenous products nationwide because they may be contaminated with mold. Med Prep Consulting Inc. of Tinton Falls said Saturday that mold was found in five bags of magnesium sulfate products dispensed to a Connecticut hospital, which the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy identified as Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Health Tip: Take Care of Mold Problems: Promptly and thoroughly cleaning up mold can help prevent health problems associated with breathing contaminated air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists these suggestions for properly cleaning up mold
School closed until mould test results arrive: A Valleyfield school has been forced to close until at least Friday, and may be closed for the rest of the year. The Gault Institute discovered mould inside part of the school three weeks ago, and workers spent last week removing the rot trapped behind walls. They have not yet finished, and at a special meeting held Monday, members of the New Frontiers School Board said it doesn’t really know when they will be allowed to bring children back into the building.
Mold concern moves fifth graders out of Silas classroom: A Peoria firm will do a complete test of the entire Silas Willard Elementary School building after mold was found in a fifth-grade classroom there. Students from Julie Jordan’s class began meeting in the former Giant’s building Thursday. Interim Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Jim Rich said Thursday testing will be done in the next day or two. “The teacher had been complaining of headaches,” Rich said.
Thurrock Council break the mould: Since the scheme began last August, over 300 visits have been made to properties in which 218 ventilation units have been serviced and 25 new units have been installed. Gaye Atkins who lives in Rosemary Close with her husband and family had huge problems with damp and mould since they moved into the property six years ago. “There was damp and mould all over the bathroom and bedrooms and it was just getting worse”, Gaye said. “The Council carried out an inspection of our home and installed a heat recovery unit in the living room.
Black mold forces Bolivar City Hall to find new, temporary home: The discovery of black mold in City Hall forced municipal leaders to draft a plan of action. Making all the repairs could take several months. That means almost everyone working inside will have to pack up their office and move out. “There have been some headaches occasionally,” said City Administrator Darin Chappell. “Nobody has experienced any difficulties of any significance.” Chappell says those headaches technically began with a thunderstorm that blew through months ago, peeling back part of the roof on City Hall. Rainwater then seeped inside.
Neurosurgeons sue landlord after mold and mildew closes part of their building: A group of local neurosurgeons is suing their landlord for economic damages they claim came from environmental damages to the building they were leasing. Southern Brain and Spine filed suit against Lillibridge Heathcare Services Inc. and East Jefferson General Hospital in the 24th Judicial District Court on Jan. 22. Southern Brain and Spine claims the defendants as owners and operators of the building they inhabited did not timely remediate water damage in the building that resulted in mold and mildew.
Mold Lawsuit Against City Underway: Testimony is underway in a lawsuit filed against the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and its top three administrators. Inger Budke, resident coordinator at the SHIFCO complex for seniors, located on the Mesa, has alleged that mold and mildew, especially following a 2011 flood, have caused health problems — including asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and sinus infection — for her husband and two daughters. The case will likely hinge on the expert opinions of doctors.
MISC. (5)
What you need to know about mould: Today you may be exposed to as many as 200 types of mould. OK, that is unlikely, but you will absolutely be exposed to some of them. That is how common mould is in our environments. While most of them will do little that affects you, some are less forgiving. Mould is the common word for any fungus that grows on food or damp materials. It can be black, white or almost any colour and often looks like a stain or smudge. Mould is naturally occurring and ubiquitous, both indoors and out. That means exposure is unavoidable. Mould is neither a plant, nor an animal. It is a fungus.
What’s that smell? Is that a mold stain?: There are many words you could use to describe mold. How about sneaky, opportunistic, hazardous, persistent, smelly and scary, just for starters? Among the general population, you’ll encounter a variety of reactions to the “M” word. But among real estate agents, the mere mention of mold can easily trigger anxiety attacks, not to mention a string of other 4-letter words not suitable for publication.
Woman finds mould on freshly-bought meat: A Winnipeg woman got quite a surprise when she bit into a chicken sandwich this week. Lisa Kennedy purchased pre-packaged sandwich meat from Safeway on Tuesday, March 12. The best before date said April 13, which should have given her lots of time. But Kennedy said when she prepared a sandwich and took a bite, she got a bitter surprise.
Family ‘sickened before finding huge lump of mold at bottom of Minute Maid orange juice’: A family suffering a mysterious week-long sickness say they have found the source after finishing a bottle of Minute Maid orange juice and allegedly discovering a huge lump of mold at the bottom. On Wednesday a revolting photo of the massive yellow and green gob was posted to Reddit with a tape measure showing it to be approximately three-inches in size. My Sister’s whole family has been sick since they started drinking the OJ. Her daughters are 4 and 6 and have been puking all week,’ the Reddit user who uploaded the photo wrote.
To beat mold, homeowners need to control moisture: Large areas of mold growth release lots of volatile organic compounds that are easily detected by the human nose, but the mold itself may not be easily visible. Some likely places where mold grows in houses are inside walls, under carpets or carpet pads, under ceiling tiles, etc. Homes provide numerous sources of food for mold, such as wood, paper, cardboard and wallboard. But since mold spores will only start growing when significant amounts of moisture are also present, the key to controlling mold growth is to control moisture.