Mold in the news issue #174

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Mold Awareness
September is Mold awareness month and got mold? has put together a 4 part segment to help educate our readers, Here are the first 3 articles.
Part 1 – Interesting facts about mold & the most common types and varieties of mold
Part 2 – What you should look for when buying or renting a home 
Part 3 – What mold is and what you should do if you find it in your home

Mold In Public Buildings, Homes & Schools
The house that Colleen Weesies described as her family’s “dream” has turned into what she now calls her family’s nightmare. 
After mold was discovered inside walls on all three levels of their home, the Weesies have had to uproot their lives and move into their garage and two in their driveway.

Georgia’s peanut farmers are having problems this year with white mold. White mold disease has always been a problem for Georgia peanut farmers, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman. The disease has been even more of a nuisance due to the hot and humid weather conditions this growing season.

Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian probing itself within the deaths of two sufferers. A hospital in Pittsburgh is investigating whether or not the deaths of two sufferers are linked to infections from mould they could have contracted whereas in an intensive care unit.

A mold problem at Wilson County school had some students displaced over the summer. Wilson County Schools received its most recent mold report last week for Watertown Elementary School. Mold assessments on September 9 and 14 showed no disease-causing or toxic-producing molds were amplified in the indoor environment.

Minor mold issues at a pair of Clarksville-Montgomery County schools were addressed prior to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, officials say. Elise Shelton, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System director of communications, said some mold was found at Northeast High School in both a textbook storage room and in the choir and band rooms at the end of July. Additionally, Northeast Middle had a mechanical system failure the week before school started, and they have scheduled the ducts to be cleaned as a precautionary measure.

BPL assessing rare book section after mold outbreak. A significant mold outbreak has forced the Boston Public Library to close its Rare Books Department for five to 10 weeks after staff found fuzzy white spores on a medieval manuscript and other prized items in the renowned repository for ancient publications and artifacts. The library routinely battles mold, but has never faced an outbreak “to this scale,” according to Laura Irmscher, the chief of collections strategy. Mold was discovered on a reference book by a staff member Monday in the main library in Copley Square, Irmscher said.

U.S. court catching flak over moveFederal officials are planning a major renovation to stem water and mold damage at Pensacola’s federal courthouse, but a government document released Tuesday alleges court staff may have jumped the gun by vacating the building.

Health Department official talks about mold and public health. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Bob Mayo sat down with an Allegheny County Health Department official to get the big picture on mold and public health.