A common IAQ contaminant that they often find in indoor environments is mold. High levels of mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks, and even lead to fungal infections in susceptible individuals.
One commonly found type of fungus is Aspergillus. Aspergillosis is an infection caused by this fungus. There are several different kinds of aspergillosis including bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). ABPA is a condition where the fungus causes allergic respiratory symptoms. Invasive aspergillosis is a disease where the fungus invades body tissues and causes damage.
Histoplasmosis is another fungal disease caused by Histoplasma capsulatum. The fungus lives in the environment, usually in association with large amounts of bird or bat droppings. The symptoms of histoplasmosis are similar to pneumonia, and the infection can sometimes become serious if it is not treated.
“Whenever you see high levels of these types of mold indoors it’s critical that people with weakened immune systems not be living, working, or going to school in these environments,”
EC2 has sponsored an educational video about airborne fungal pathogens that can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/
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