CDC to Reinvestigate Indoor Mold Standards In Hospitals

The CDC needs to reopen it's investigation and reconsider this as a serious public health concern.To put an end to these preventable deaths sign this petition to for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By: Certified Mold Inspections
LOS ANGELES - Feb. 17, 2020 - PRLog -- In 1997, a surge of news reports were flooding the headlines regarding a rash of rare deaths caused by mold illness. The CDC and the EPA both responded by shutting down the supposed conspiracy theories surrounding the suspicious causes of deaths. Years later, a flurry of reports came in regarding a similar string of deaths again citing  mold toxicity. And yet these headlines are not making waves as they should be.

23 years later, deaths and cover-ups are still ongoing. Mystery seems to stir around the investigations started, the findings, and the conclusion of the mold epidemic.

A flood of reports trickle through media and then fall in between cracks just like the initial 1997 reports from Dr. Dearborn. Cases of severe lung infections, damages, personal injury, pulmonary hemorrhages, and even death have been ongoing.

Between October 2014 and January 2017, five mold-infection-related deaths occurred at two UPMC hospitals. Several related lawsuits have been filed against the hospital system, which settled with two of the patients for $1.35 million each.

In 2019, Months after a mold infection killed a pediatric patient at Seattle Children's Hospital, its CEO has revealed that fourteen patients have become ill from the same infection since 2001. The hospital shuttered eleven operating rooms twice, first in May and again this month, after it detected the common mold Aspergillus in the air. As of February 2020, seven of the fourteen patients have passed away.

Mold exposure represents a major public health issue worldwide. Yet, the CDC still states that mold is not serious and should not be tested.

According to the World Health Organization, 7 million deaths per year are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution. For years, people complaining about the effects of living or working in damp, mold-filled environments has not been taken seriously. Nothing is scarier than knowing something is making you and your family sick, and not being able to figure out what it is. The anxiety caused by an unseen danger like toxic mold can feel overwhelming.

There is currently no standard for indoor air quality, meaning, there's no safe and unsafe levels of mold. Both the EPA and the CDC advise against testing seemingly because they are unwilling to set a baseline of limitations for indoor mold that can affect insurance companies bottom lines. It's time for both of these organizations to change this.

Hannah Lemley
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