Far fewer people recognize that Penicillium is also one of the most common fungal contaminants found in buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels. This same fungus, that can produce a life saving antibiotic, is also responsible for causing indoor allergies and acting as a potential asthma trigger. There is also a pathogenic species, Penicillium marneffei, which has come under increased medical scrutiny as a growing opportunistic pathogen amongst people suffering from AIDs and other conditions.
Penicillium is a ubiquitous soil fungus and there are over 300 species currently known to scientists. When Penicillium 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.
“Fungal spores from Penicillium are often present in the air and dust found in indoor environments,”
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