In addition to the many benefits of Penicillium, they are also one of the primary causes of food spoilage and microbial problems in indoor environments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.”
When mold spores settle on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where roofs and windows leak, plumbing failures have occurred, or where there has been flooding, they can begin to grow and multiply. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of some molds, including Penicillium. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, commonly support mold growth.
Fortunately, there are qualified IAQ professionals who can identify mold problems due to Penicillium and other types of fungi. Many of the leading IAQ consulting firms and mold remediation companies turn to Legends Environmental Insurance Services for their insurance coverage in order to be able to offer these essential services. “In addition to causing allergic reactions in many people and acting as an asthma trigger, Penicillium marneffei is a pathogenic species of Penicillium that has become a growing opportunistic pathogen,” reported Brian Mcfarland, Vice President from Legends Environmental Insurance Services. “It’
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