According to a study by the Department of Microbiology of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute at Sri Ramachandra University, there is an urgent need to “undertake study of indoor air, to generate baseline data and explore the link to nosocomial infections.”
The study postulates a relationship between mold and sick building syndrome (SBS) and building related illnesses, citing “fungal contamination within wall, ceiling, and floor cavities by movement of cells, spores, and cell fragments via wall openings and gaps at structural joints” as well the building providing a perfect mold breeding ground with: “lack of fresh…poor ventilation, poorly regulated temperature…relative humidity levels contributing to the presence and multiplication of bio-aerosols.
So, like we’ve said a hundred times before, eliminate the water leaks and humidity. Control the environment, and you control the mold.
Srikanth P, Sudharsanam S, Steinberg R. Bio-aerosols in indoor environment: Composition, health effects and analysis. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2008 [cited 2009 Mar 9];26:302-12. Available from: http://www.ijmm.org/text.asp?2008/26/4/302/43555