Mold in the News: Issue 2

Mold in the News: Issue 2
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mold related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Mold Takes Over Home In Queens: At first you may think it’s just black marker, or perhaps dirt on Patrina Smith’s walls, but a close look reveals large blotches of mold which continue to grow each day at her home in Jamaica Queens. “I walk through the door and see this,” Patrina says as she points to splatters of mold on her ceiling. Over time fur has also grown over the mold in her two bedroom home.
Couple says mold in apartment caused health problems: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, living with mold in your home can cause everything from mild asthma to shortness of breath and even lung disease. “The burning of the eyes, the coughing and the headaches, constant headaches,” said Frank Killian on how he thinks mold affected him. Killen said he and his girlfriend, Deb, dealt with health issues for the past two years because of mold in his apartment.
School cafeteria inspections uncover risky violations such as mold: Updated story on Barton Elementary school mold problem reported earlier.
Broward County Florida Courthouse’s Toxic Mold Alleged to be Cause of Employees’ Illnesses: Allegations contained in lawsuits from 19 past and present employees who worked in the Broward County courthouse claim toxic substances in the building are have made them sick. The injured employees claim the courthouse, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is contaminated with toxic mold and asbestos.
Tenant’s court-approved deal in mold lawsuit in limbo: A court-approved mediated agreement between a woman who said she suffered serious health problems from years of mold contamination in her government-subsidized apartment may have hit a snag.
FEMA: Mold Hazard After Flooding, May Return as Weather Warms: FEMA: Mold Hazard After Flooding, May Return as Weather Warms The floodwaters may have receded months ago, but mold and mildew – dormant during the winter months — may reappear in water-damaged homes as the weather warms. Mold only grows in warm, wet conditions and may have been inactive and unnoticed during the winter months. It can lurk throughout a home, from the attic to the basement and crawl spaces.
One Verona school sets up surveillance to combat vandals; another combats mold: Due to ongoing vandalism at Forest Avenue Elementary School, the Verona Police Department is lending a portable surveillance system to the school, Verona Board of Education member Glenn Elliot announced at last week’s board meeting. Mold keeps reappearing in the basement storage area of F.N. Brown Elementary school. Student do not spend class or activity time in the affected area.

Mold in the News: Issue 1

Mold in the News: Issue 1
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mold related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
State Plans To Extend DoL Lease Despite Health Concerns: The state is negotiating a new lease for the Department of Labor building in Juneau, even as employees who work there continue to suffer ill health effects. Water damage, mold, and air quality issues have long plagued the structure, known as the Plywood Palace.
Queens family suffering health problems from mold-infested Jamaica home: Inky-black mold spores speckling a Jamaica home have left a Queens family unable to breath easy. Patrina Smith, who receives Section 8 rent subsidies first noticed the toxic fungi in February 2011, a month after she, her two daughters and granddaughter moved in to the two-family home. Spores have now overtaken the walls, floors and furniture, making the apartment, by many accounts, uninhabitable.
Broward courthouse employees sue over working in ‘sick’ building: Nineteen current and former employees of the Broward County Courthouse have sued the county, arguing the building is “sick” and so are they. The employees say the county’s courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale is infested with toxic mold and that tiny asbestos fibers float through the air, exposing the public and the employees to health dangers.
Vermin, mold among risky issues in school cafeterias: At Barton Elementary school in Lake Worth, when the dismissal bell rings, you better watch out for the rushing crowd of excited students. Turns out, you also better watch out if you’re entering the school cafeteria. It failed its health inspections three times over the past two years.