Mold in the News: Issue 117

Mold in the News: Issue 117
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 25 stories we thought may interest you!
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Canyon Lake dream home fills with mold, not memories: She pays the mortgage and insurance, yet a local woman’s dream retirement home has been vacant for years. Karen Rutledge said dangerous mold lingers in the walls, in a house the builder refused to fix properly. “This condo made you sick?” KENS-TV asked. “Yes, this condo made me very sick. And I couldn’t get well. I had to move out,” answered Rutledge.

Take care of your home, health: Mould loves damp. So there is no doubt it will love Calgary’s flooded homes and businesses.
Mold in abandoned Sandy homes will make ‘ 9/11 look like nothin’,’ insist worried neighbors: “Everyone is getting sick. There are many cases of pneumonia, many cases of infection. People are saying it’s allergies. But it is the same symptoms of toxic mold syndrome,” said New Dorp Beach resident Dee McGrath who says she came down with pneumonia for the first time this year. McGrath happens to live next door to two homes that have been neglected since the storm, inside the walls are covered with mold. Nearby resident Nicole Romano-Lev worries about her youngest son who has asthma and her oldest son who never had any allergies until Super Storm Sandy hit. “He ended up with hives and welts over his body, for good six weeks after the torment because high concentration of mold. We had him skin tested and he had severe allergy to mold,” said Romano-Lev.
Health concerns to be kept in mind when reentering homes: With the move in date for residents fast approaching, health concerns must still be kept in mind when reentering homes. One of the main reason why residents couldn’t return home sooner was because of infectious diseases and bacteria that were overly prevalent in the remaining flood waters and in the dust that engulfed the town. Dr. Richard Musto, medical officer of health, Calgary zone, warned that the parasites and bacteria in the water are mostly an issue if someone were to come in direct contact with them. “It’s really only an issue with ingestion, or if it’s on your skin and you have a wound,” said Musto. “We are recommending that people wear gloves when they are coming in contact with the water and of course washing their hand after taking the gloves off.” Only those who are particularly sensitive to airborne dust are at risk of irritation. “People that are particularly sensitive, like those with asthma or chronic lung conditions will be bothered by that (the dust),” said Musto. “The town is making every effort at the moment to keep the dust down. If people are in particularly dusty areas, it’s best for them to wear a mask.”
Managing Mould Risk Following the Southern Alberta Floods: The extent of flooding in Southern Alberta has created conditions where widespread mould contamination is inevitable. Any structure or material that has been wet for more than 48 hours can potentially be impacted by mould. Other indicators for mould include visible mould growth and water damage or the presence of strong musty odors. Under these conditions, locations with obvious mould contamination should be avoided and occupants and visitors to the site should take appropriate steps to avoid breathing mould-contaminated dust or getting this dust on skin or clothing. Any flooded or water-damaged building should be inspected for potential mould contamination. A comprehensive inspection strategy includes a visual assessment and use of specialized equipment to locate water-damaged materials. In general, mould sampling is not required unless it is needed to address specific questions regarding the nature and extent of contamination. Sampling should be completed by a trained professional who can clearly explain why sampling is required.
High River business owners return to mould in flood-damaged stores: High River, Alberta business owners were met with mould, mud and extensive water damage when they were permitted access to their stores for the first time on Monday. Business owners in the commercial district discovered that, after the town centre spent 11 days under water, their livelihoods in jeopardy from the damage. Jacob Kachour, owner of Jacob’s Hair Salon and Spa, got a glimpse at what remains of his business. He quickly realized nothing can be saved.
Tips for keeping mold at bay: More than 8 inches of rain fell across the area in June and even more is on the way. Much of that rain has found its way into many residents’ homes, causing moisture to build-up and keeping restoration companies very busy.

As Rain Arrives Health Experts Warn About Mold: If homes do flood, Vermont health officials are concerned mold may build up. During spring flooding in 2011 a number of places had to remove mold.
What People with Weakened Immune Systems Need to Know About Mold: If you have a weakened immune system, you may be at higher risk for getting a mold infection. These infections can lead to being hospitalized, or even dying. The risk of getting a mold infection depends on the strength of your immune system. Talk to your doctor about your risk for getting a mold infection. If you have a weakened immune system, or care for someone who does, CDC answers some important questions about mold.
Recall issued for Umnitza brand baby cereal: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers not to eat Umnitza brand baby cereal over fears the product may be contaminated with a type of mould known as mycotoxin HT-2.
Big Island woman finds mold in unexpired Capri Sun drink: Chances are you’ve seen the fruity foil pouches in a cooler at some point. But what Shyenne Dela Rosa’s family found lurking in their pouch of Capri Sun was something hard to stomach. “When my sister was about to insert the straw where the straw needs to go, there was a green mold like substance in it,” said Dela Rosa, who lives on the Big Island. “So when she put the straw in the mold like substance, it started oozing out, so I told my sister to cut it open.” She said they scraped out mold that had built up inside.
Importance of indoor air quality: Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. If you asked yourself what is the single most important thing you wish for yourself and loved ones, nine times out of ten a person would answer Health. Now if you were to ask yourself what are the most important qualities I look for if I were to purchase, renovate or build a home I would bet that Indoor Air Quality would probably not even make it on the list. This is odd because Indoor Air Quality is directly related to your Health.
Flood Cleanup Safety Advice: With the recent flooding Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (COCVAC) would like to remind those affected that water damage in your home caused by floods could create serious health and safety concerns. And after a flood, you must take precautions to protect your family from developing illnesses associated with contaminated water, food, and air and moisture problems. “Homeowners who are cleaning up after flooding should not use any drinking water sources until health officials approve them; discard frozen foods that may have thawed during a power outage; and begin as soon as possible to dry out and disinfect walls. Standing water and excessive moisture can also lead to the growth of bacteria, mold and insects,” said COCVAC’s Chief of EMS Steven Dziura. Mold can cause illness, trigger allergies and continue to damage your home long after the storm. In order to limit your exposure to airborne mold while cleaning, you may want to wear an N-95 respirator, available at many hardware stores. These respirators cost $15 to $25. Some N-95 respirators resemble a paper dust mask with a nozzle on the front, and others are made primarily of plastic or rubber and have removable cartridges that trap most of the mold spores from entering. In order to be effective, the respirator or mask must fit properly, so be sure to follow the instructions supplied with the respirator.
New Zealand’s property dream is a nightmare for tenants: The largest-ever worldwide study linking damp housing to respiratory and allergy problems paints a grim picture for New Zealand children says Child Poverty Action Group spokesperson Associate Professor Nikki Turner. The study involved 46,000 children in 20 countries and provides extensive evidence that living in damp or mouldy homes are bad for our childrens’ health: associated with recurrent runny noses, chesty coughs, wheeziness, and eczema. Furthermore, if a child already has asthma this is made more severe by dampness and mould in the home. University of Otago researchers identified the most pressing factor in poor quality houses above all others was dampness. The study has significant implications for New Zealand meaning until property owners improved the state of poor quality housing children will continue to suffer unnecessarily.
Dorm Mold Problem: City of Montreat building inspector David Currie isn’t going into Montreat College’s Anderson Dorm without a safety air vent mask. “One of the lower doors was completely open,” said Currie. “I saw water on the floor.” An outflow vent appears to be pumping air out of the building. And Currie has posted signs on numerous doors on Anderson’s ground floor stating the building is unsafe. Currie told News 13 the dorm is uninhabitable until full mold remediation is complete. “There was a strong smell of mold in the building,” said Currie. ” When I got to the top I saw a lot of the ceiling tiles had fallen down. Visible mold was present on some of the ceiling tiles and on insulation.” Currie went on to tell school maintenance staff.
State tests confirm mold in Illinois school: Brent Boren isn’t sure exactly how it will happen, but Meridian Elementary students will start classes on time and in a safe place this fall after officials from the Illinois Department of Labor on Tuesday confirmed the presence of a potentially dangerous strain of mold in the school.
Moldy apartment complex racks up 17 pages of code violations

Welland mother faces battle over mould: Something stinks in Melissa Konik’s basement. Since September 2012 the 32-year-old mother of two has noticed a growing odour in the basement of her Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) home on McLaughlin Street. That’s when she first reported the problem of what appeared to be mould in her ducts to the Public Health Department and, she said, Niagara Regional Housing. In early May her doctor advised her to leave the house because of health concerns, forcing her to take up residence at the Hope House, and now she faces eviction for the repairs required to eliminate the odour she said.
Home is a health risk: Mould and rising damp have caused public housing tenants Colin and Robette Crawford to discard many of their belongings and the problem is a threat to the Kurri Kurri man’s life. Housing NSW has failed to fix the problem in five years and nor has Mr Crawford found alternative accommodation despite health authorities warning that the mould would complicate his chronic airways and lung disease.
Paterson health official decries mold problem in 80-year-old’s home: For more than five decades, Alice Banks had slept in the same bedroom in her sixth floor home at the Park East Terrace Cooperative Apartments overlooking the Passaic River. Blotches that Alice Banks and Cassandra Levine say stem from mold in the elderly woman’s apartment. But now that room sits empty – no bed, no furniture, no clothing in the closet. Banks, who is 80, points to the dark blotches on her windows. That’s the mold, she says, that has forced her to sleep on the couch in her living room.
Bloomfield PD moves due to mold: The Bloomfield Police Department is moving to a new home this week. When an air conditioner failed last week, Mayor Donna Medlin and Bloomfield Police Chief Tim Zych assumed they would call in a repairman and go about business as usual. That’s not how it worked out in the end. The repairman, upon removing the unit, discovered heavy concentrations of mold.
Federal officials revoke permit of compounding pharmacy at center of mold contamination probe: The U.S. Department of Justice has revoked the permit of a New Jersey-based compounding pharmacy where some of its products were discovered to be contaminated with mold.
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Must, mold, moisture and basement refurbishing: The recent moisture and increase in temperature provide ideal conditions for mildew and mold growth in homes lower living areas and basements, says Marjorie Zastrow, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist. “For those dealing with the dismantling of a basement due to flooding, taking time to clean and prepare for repairs can be time consuming and frustrating,” Zastrow said. “It is important to take precautions to prevent the growth of mold in our living environment for our health as well as to maintain the value of property.”
Mold school: Air quality expert offers tips on mitigating mold after a water leak: Let’s face it, mold is everywhere. At home, school, work, outside. “It plays a very important role but can play a detrimental role, as well,” said Richard Shaughnessy, director of the University of Tulsa’s Indoor Air Quality Program. Everyone’s going to have it, but what makes it problematic is the extent of it, said Shaughnessy, who recently appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The Lookout” and looked at flood-damaged homes with reporter Cynthia McFadden.
Photos: Residents demand action as mold issues grow in Staten Island Sandy-devastated homes: Thirteen Midland Beach homes belonging to members of Eileen Pepel’s family were heavily damaged or completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. While the Pepels are making strides to rebuild their homes that have been deemed “safe,” they worry about neighbors’ residences that are ridden with mold and appeared to have been abandoned by homeowners.