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Mold in the Media
September 26, 2005
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Mold Stories - from Hyde Mulvihill, APC
-- County of San Bernardino Reaches $512,150 Mold Settlement
-- Bleach May Neutralize non-Viable Mold Allergens (study funded by Clorox)
-- Mold overtakes flooded city in a foul flourish; Even homes spared by rising waters under attack by the damaging spores (Hotels Magazine, IL - Sep 22, 2005)
-- Louisianna State University AgCenter Recommendations for Mold Remediation (All American Patriots, Sweden - Sep 21, 2005)
-- Despair city: Mold house family moves in (The Hook, VA - Sep 22, 2005)
-- Relief Workers May Be Next Wave of Katrina Victims (The NewStandard, NY - Sep 23, 2005)
-- Mold Education: A Vaccine for Aspergillus and Candidiasis - A novel glyco-conjugate vaccine against fungal pathogens
-- School Mold: For kids, mold inquiry turns into a treat (St. Petersburg Times, FL - Sep 23, 2005)
-- Court Mold: Hampton Court makes temporary move to Seabrook (Newburyport Daily News - Sep 24, 2005)
-- Mold & Insurance: Hurricane victims get another setback - from insurance companies (Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Sep 22, 2005)
-- Mold & Insurance: Mississippi attorney general sues 5 insurance firms (Macon Telegraph, GA - Sep 15, 2005)
-- Mold & Medicine: Hurricane Katrina - Surviving the Aftermath - From Medscape Critical Care
-- Mold & Technology: FutureStone's Sustainable 'Storm Proof' Building Technology Offered to Help Rebuild Hurricane Katrina Stricken Gulf Coast (PR Newswire, NY - Sep 13, 2005)
-- Mold Seminars: Environmental Solutions Association
-- Mold Investigation: Clark Seif Clark, Inc.
-- For Fun: Mold is Like a Cat . . .

 

Good Morning,

This week's photo is of a Candida albicans by Dennis Kunkel. Click here for gallery prints of this photo, unframed and framed, are available beginning at $27.95.

Candida albicans is not an "indoor mold" issue, although it is frequently mistaken for one. Yes, Candida albicans spores can be present in the indoor environment -- but Candida albicans food source is the human body, not building materials.

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County of San Bernardino Reaches $512,150 Mold Settlement
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BLOOMINGTON -- San Bernardino County has agreed to pay 12 homeowners $512,150 as compensation for property and mold damage because of flooding, a lawyer for the residents said. The settlement was reached this week for the people who live on Linden Avenue in Bloomington, said Mike O'Brien, their lawyer.

He said the case is notable because of Hurricane Katrina and the likelihood of lawsuits given the levee failures in New Orleans.

Click here for: County of San Bernardino Reaches $512,150 Mold Settlement


Bleach May Neutralize non-Viable Mold Allergens (study funded by Clorox)
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Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center have demonstrated that dilute bleach not only kills common household mold, but may also neutralize the mold allergens that cause most mold- related health complaints. The study, published in the September issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, is the first to test the effect on allergic individuals of mold spores treated with common household bleach.

"It has long been known that bleach can kill mold. However, dead mold may remain allergenic," said lead author John Martyny , Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at National Jewish. "We found that, under laboratory conditions, treating mold with bleach lowered allergic reactions to the mold in allergic patients."

Click here for: Bleach May Neutralize non-Viable Mold Allergens (study funded by Chlorox)


Mold overtakes flooded city in a foul flourish; Even homes spared by rising waters under attack by the damaging spores (Hotels Magazine, IL - Sep 22, 2005)
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NEW ORLEANS -- A throng of visitors has invaded the French Quarter, but they aren't tourists. They're mold spores, and they're taking hold and growing furiously everywhere. On antiques in shuttered shops. On the white tablecloths of empty cafes and restaurants. On the walls and furnishings of boutique hotels. On the green-spiked Cole Haan high heels and alligator pumps in a Canal Street department store window.

At the Hotel Provincial on Rue Chartres, which advertises "the grace and charm of old world elegance," gray mold has invaded about 50 rooms. It is growing on the claw legs of antique tables and on the gilt frames of mirrors and art prints.

Click here for: Mold overtakes flooded city in a foul flourish; Even homes spared by rising waters under attack by the damaging spores (Hotels Magazine, IL - Sep 22, 2005)


Louisianna State University AgCenter Recommendations for Mold Remediation (All American Patriots, Sweden - Sep 21, 2005)
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A flood-damaged home requires special attention to avoid or correct a "population explosion" of mold, says LSU AgCenter expert Dr. Claudette Reichel. "Mold is likely to multiply on materials that stay wet for more than two or three days," cautions Reichel, adding this means many residents in storm- affected areas will face a problem. "Even worse, the longer mold is allowed to grow, the greater the hazard and the harder it is to control," she says. "So as soon as floodwaters recede and it is safe to return, don’t delay cleaning up and drying things out."

The LSU AgCenter housing specialist says to take photographs to document damages for insurance purposes and then get started cleaning up as soon as you can return to your home. "It is not wise to wait for the adjuster to see it in person," Reichel advises. "Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover mold damages or cleanup costs."

Click here for: Louisianna State University AgCenter Recommendations for Mold Remediation (All American Patriots, Sweden - Sep 21, 2005)


Despair city: Mold house family moves in (The Hook, VA - Sep 22, 2005)
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While Charlottesvillians scrambled to send aid to those left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, Ros Casey focused on a devastated family closer to home: Larry Butler and Judit Szaloki, unfortunate new home owners of the notorious "mold house."

Since purchasing the residence at 2207 Wayne Avenue in February, the couple and their four children have been on a downward spiral, owning a mold-infested and uninhabitable home while facing eviction from a house they could no longer afford to rent.

Click here for: Despair city: Mold house family moves in (The Hook, VA - Sep 22, 2005)


Relief Workers May Be Next Wave of Katrina Victims (The NewStandard, NY - Sep 23, 2005)
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Sep 23 - Though evacuation orders have been in place since Hurricane Katrina shredded New Orleans weeks ago, the city has never been empty. As water poured over its walls, many first responders, military and medical personnel, and other public servants stood their ground, and still more flowed in from other areas, placing themselves in harm’s way to help others

But as the floodwaters recede and the city looks toward recovery, environmental groups are warning that numerous hazards still residing on New Orleans’ sodden ground could cause short- and long-term health problems. And they say the government’s efforts to protect recovery workers threaten to be as incompetent as its initial response.

Click here for: Relief Workers May Be Next Wave of Katrina Victims (The NewStandard, NY - Sep 23, 2005)


Mold Education: A Vaccine for Aspergillus and Candidiasis - A novel glyco-conjugate vaccine against fungal pathogens
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Fungal diseases are a major infectious threat that demands increasing medical attention. A few invasive mycoses (e.g., histoplasmosis and coccidiomycosis) are geographically limited, but of special concern are the worldwide infections caused by opportunistic fungal agents in immunocompromised hosts. In particular, candidiasis and aspergillosis are common in hospitalized patients and carry a high mortality toll even in the presence of effective therapy. Early and accurate diagnosis of these systemic infections is often difficult because of the nonspecificity of clinical symptoms and lack of standardized diagnostic tools. Moreover, antifungal therapy may be frustrated by toxicity and emergence of resistance.

A prophylactic and/or therapeutic vaccine would be the safest and most effective means to meet this pressing medical need. Thus, different approaches to antifungal vaccination are being developed that, in analogy with bacterial and viral vaccines, are based on the use of one or more antigens, including whole inactivated cells, specific for each particular fungus. However, no such vaccine is currently available. In none of the vaccine formulations under study has ß- glucan, a polysaccharide that is critical for fungal viability and is present in all human pathogenic fungi, been considered as vaccine component.

Click here for Mold Education: A Vaccine for Aspergillus - A novel glyco-conjugate vaccine against fungal pathogens


School Mold: For kids, mold inquiry turns into a treat (St. Petersburg Times, FL - Sep 23, 2005)
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TARPON SPRINGS - Fifth-grader Daniel Strickland chipped ice particles off his applesauce as he and his classmates ate prepackaged lunches in their Tarpon Springs Elementary School classroom Thursday.

It was the first day since Pinellas County school superintendent Clayton Wilcox closed the cafeteria so school administrators and contractors could investigate complaints about a possible mold problem.

Click here for School Mold: For kids, mold inquiry turns into a treat (St. Petersburg Times, FL - Sep 23, 2005)


Court Mold: Hampton Court makes temporary move to Seabrook (Newburyport Daily News - Sep 24, 2005)
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SEABROOK — Hampton District Court's new address — at least temporarily — will soon be 130 Ledge Road, Seabrook.

After years of debate over the current courthouse's deteriorating state, unhealthy atmosphere and its noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, state judicial and administrative officials presented the Governor's Council with a proposal Wednesday to move the court to Seabrook. With the council's approval, a three-year lease was executed and courthouse workers will begin packing up for the move, which Clerk of Courts John Clark said should come sometime between Nov. 1 and the end of the year.

Click here for Court Mold: Hampton Court makes temporary move to Seabrook (Newburyport Daily News - Sep 24, 2005)


Mold & Insurance: Hurricane victims get another setback - from insurance companies (Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Sep 22, 2005)
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WAVELAND, Miss. - (KRT) - On a hot day in a place where everything around her is torn to shreds, Kate Solome was searching frantically in her back yard for a jewelry box. Broken trees lay flat in the yard. Piles of moldy drywall and insulation lay in piles on the ground in front of what had been a nice three- bedroom home before Hurricane Katrina hit.

She knew it did not seem logical to spend so much time looking for something so trivial, but somehow it felt necessary. Along with many of the families in this neighborhood where a 30-foot storm surge filled homes with water, Solome recently learned that her insurance company had rejected her claim. Everything she owned, including the jewelry box, would likely never be replaced.

Click here for Mold & Insurance: Hurricane victims get another setback - from insurance companies (Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Sep 22, 2005)


Mold & Insurance: Mississippi attorney general sues 5 insurance firms (Macon Telegraph, GA - Sep 15, 2005)
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BILOXI, Miss. - The attorney general of Mississippi sued five major insurance companies on Thursday, alleging that they're cheating Hurricane Katrina survivors.

The five companies are divisions of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., Allstate Property and Casualty Co., the United Services Automobile Association and Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance.

Click here for Mold & Insurance: Mississippi attorney general sues 5 insurance firms (Macon Telegraph, GA - Sep 15, 2005)


Mold & Medicine: Hurricane Katrina - Surviving the Aftermath - From Medscape Critical Care
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Over the next few weeks and months, millions of residents across the country will be dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Although the destruction has been widespread, it has not been homogeneous. Some are dealing with a few inches of water in their homes, whereas others will be coping with houses that have been completely submerged. Almost all are dealing with a loss of electricity and questionable access to potable drinking water.

The potential health impact on these of Americans has yet to be determined. But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have developed some guidelines for residents dealing with the repercussions of Hurricane Katrina.

Click here for Mold & Medicine: Hurricane Katrina - Surviving the Aftermath - From Medscape Critical Care


Mold & Technology: FutureStone's Sustainable 'Storm Proof' Building Technology Offered to Help Rebuild Hurricane Katrina Stricken Gulf Coast (PR Newswire, NY - Sep 13, 2005)
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With rescue and relief efforts underway in the Gulf Coast, experts will soon be faced with the challenge of rebuilding cities and communities. Building officials in coastal areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina would do well to learn from Florida. Faced with destruction, deaths and costly rebuilding after an onslaught of storms in the past decade, Florida revamped its building codes and enacted provisions for structures that could withstand punishing hurricane force winds.

NUDURA insulated concrete form technology (ICF) meets Florida's stringent building codes and is being offered at steep discounts to those set to rebuild on the Gulf Coast. Up to nine times stronger than traditional wood framed construction, the wall system can withstand wind forces as high as 250 miles per hour(1). This "sustainable building technology" provides for the sturdiest of structures, reduced insurance premiums and an incredibly energy-efficient building.

Click here for Mold & Technology: FutureStone's Sustainable 'Storm Proof' Building Technology Offered to Help Rebuild Hurricane Katrina Stricken Gulf Coast (PR Newswire, NY - Sep 13, 2005)


Mold Seminars: Environmental Solutions Association
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ESA offers license-renewing continuing education credits and certifications required by most state and national organizations.

As of this time ESA is approved for 2 MRC credits with ASHI, 8 CEU credits with NAHI, 8 hours Category II NEHA, and other continuing credits implemented by various states required for inspections. A brief list includes, but not limited to, North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board (NCHILB) for 8 CEU’s, Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (AAREI) for 8 CEU’s, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for 1 CM.

Click here for Mold Seminars: Environmental Solutions Association


Mold Investigation: Clark Seif Clark, Inc.
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CSC, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Chatsworth CA with a staff of engineers, geologists, certified industrial hygienists and other technically-trained professionals has investigated and managed hundreds of sites. We have a full understanding of the requirements outlined in CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, TSCA, AHERA and HUD, as well as other federal, state and local environmental regulations.

Moisture Control is the key for microbial management. Moisture in buildings can be in the form of water vapor or as a liquid. The presence of moisture on the surface of building materials or inside structural components is the primary factor in sustaining microbial growth, which may lead to exposure to microbial emissions of spores and their metabolites, such as particle-containing mycotoxins and microbial Volatile organic compounds (mVOCs).

Click here for Mold Investigation: Clark Seif Clark, Inc.


For Fun: Mold is Like a Cat . . .
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  1. Cats reproduce exponentially unless they are fixed. So does mold.
  2. Cats like to hide in closets and jump out at you when you least expect it. So does mold.
  3. Some people start sneezing when they see cats. Some people start sneezing when they see mold.
  4. Cats can ruin your favorite pair of leather shoes. So can mold.
  5. Cats can leave strangely colored, awful smelling stains all over the house. So can mold.
  6. Cats can leave fur all over your favorite black blazer. So can mold.
  7. Cats like to drink from your toilet. So does mold.
  8. Cats get mean and cranky, and sometimes attack people when they get old. So does mold.
  9. Cats like to race around your home and stop in odd places, for no apparent reason. So does mold.
  10. Cats do nasty things when they are left shut up in your house too long. So does mold.
  11. Black cats scare people. So does black mold.


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