Mold News: January 2015
There are more stories in the news about mold during wet weather or after a major flood somewhere in the country, but they are out there all the time. Here are some interesting ones from this month so far:
- Some firefighters in Florida have tested positive for exposure to toxic mold. Their union thinks the mold is in their rundown station houses. The County claims that mold levels in the stations are lower than those outside, but the firefighters have a variety of toxins in their blood and are complaining of "watery eyes, upper respiratory infections, [and] runny noses..." We hope they get this taken care of quickly!
- On the Upper West Side of New York City, tenants in the Frederick Douglass Houses public housing complex have complained repeatedly about rats, bed bugs and what is described as "rampant mold." Public housing is sadly not known for being well-maintained by city managers anywhere. The tenants have filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority which is being handled pro bono by a local lawfirm. We would rather landlords--even city landlords--would keep their buildings clean and habitable than let things get this far. Good luck, tenants!
- The Zenia Gazette has a good article about how a mold allergy can be mistaken for seasonal allergies. Sometimes it can indeed be hard to determine what we are allergic to. But we agree that if you most often become symptomatic after a rainstorm or when it is damp, your problem might be mold. If you are really suffering, visit an allergist to find out! Of course, here in Southern California even mold is a "season allergy" since it is only wet here in the winter, and lately not at all!
Mold spores are everywhere and all they need is a little warmth, food and moisture to grow. Control moisture and you can control mold!
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