FDA Releases Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement on the recent Fungal Meningitis Outbreak (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm322734) from an injectable steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center. The steroid was administered to patients suffering from back pain at clinics in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. Web MD (http://www.webmd.com/news/20121003/4-dead-tainted-spinal-steroids) reported that the fungus was Aspergillus fumigatus, which […]

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Outdoor Spore Concentrations are Elevated in the Fall

The Southeast United States is unique in many ways. Unfortunately for residential and commercial property owners, mold is at the top of that list. The seasonal dynamics of the region drives changes in fungal species composition and spore abundance both indoors and outdoors. Now that the transition between summer and fall has started, hot humid […]

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How to Read an mTRAP Mold Assessment Report

Molecular entrapment technology enables direct species to species comparison between indoor and outdoor mold spores. The mTRAP is the only air sampling cassette that incorporates molecular entrapment technology. The table below is from an mTrap report. This particular sample was collected from an upscale apartment in Manhattan, NY. The entire project included three indoor mTRAP […]

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Mold Species Identification Required for Accurate Mold Exposure Assessment

The experts say that fungal species identification is the key to an accurate mold exposure assessment. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists included a whole chapter dedicated to mold exposure assessment in the 1999 publication “Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control.” However, many investigators do not follow these guidelines and continue to use technology that not […]

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Life Cycle of Indoor Mold

Molds growing indoor have the ability to reproduce and colonize building materials as long as moisture is present. When conditions change and the moisture is removed, most residual spores become dormant. The length of time that spore can remain dormant depends on the species and the environment. Ultraviolet light and high temperatures limit the survival […]

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Winter Mold

Winter has arrived.  It’s cold outside.  Crank up the heat.  Warm yourself over the heat register and fill your lungs with a hundred thousand mold spores, that is, if mold is growing in your air ducts.  If not, get nice and toasty and enjoy.  But if your eyes start to itch or your nose starts […]

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The Christmas Fungus

You better watch out!  There’s no time to pout. The holiday season has arrived, and the Christmas Fungus has a surprise. Fungiclause is his name.  Helping inspectors is his game. He needs no reindeer or bright red sleigh. He floats on air currents all the way. Bundled in spores, protected by chitin, stronger than mold, […]

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