Addressing environmental health Implications of mold exposure after major flooding.
Does all of this seem painfully obvious to anyone who lives in the real world? I suppose it is a good thing that at least some scientific expertise is being pointed toward the problems presented in mold exposure. Read on to find out what some scientific minds have figured out. Or admitted. Let’s hope this is a legally defensible position.
“Extensive water damage resulting from major flooding is often associated with mold growth if materials are not quickly and thoroughly dried. Exposure to fungal contamination can lead to several infectious and noninfectious health effects impacting the respiratory system, skin, and eyes. Adverse health effects can be categorized as infections, allergic or hypersensitivity reactions, or toxic-irritant reactions. Workers and building occupants can minimize their exposure to mold by avoiding areas with excessive mold growth, using personal protective equipment, and implementing environmental controls. Occupational health professionals should encourage workers to seek health care if they experience any symptoms that may be linked to mold exposure.”
Department of Environmental Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA.
AAOHN J. 2008 Mar;56(3):115-20; quiz 121-2.