Many people are aware that elevated levels of mold in indoor environments can lead to allergies and trigger asthma. Far fewer know that many types of molds can produce microbial toxins known as mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by some types of fungi, also commonly referred to as mold. Some molds can produce several mycotoxins, and other molds produce mycotoxins only under certain environmental conditions. Mycotoxins may cling to the surface of mold spores and others may be found within the spores.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports, “Some of the molds that are known to produce mycotoxins are commonly found in moisture-damaged buildings. Exposure pathways for mycotoxins can include inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact.”
EC2, Inc., is an Illinois based company that provides indoor air quality surveys and air testing to help people identify mold, mycotoxins and other potential contaminants in homes, schools and offices. “While most research into human exposure to mycotoxins has revolved around ingestion exposure, it’s clear that breathing these toxins should be avoided,” reported Ed Chambers, President of EC2. “In fact, one of the most carcinogenic substances known to man, aflatoxin B1, is produced by a type of fungus commonly found in water damaged properties. Air, surface and bulk testing can all be employed to identify microbial contaminants and specific testing for mycotoxins is available,” he continued.
EC2 has sponsored a video about mold and mycotoxins that can be seen at:
To learn more about how EC2 can help test for mold, mycotoxins or other IAQ contaminants, please visit http://www.4ec2inc.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815) 703-9000.
About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States. Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 Corporations.