Week_6A_Household_mold - not readily airborne;...

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February 27 Mycotoxins and Household Molds
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Stachybotrys stachy = spike, ear of corn; botry = bunch of grapes. S. atra, S. chartarum
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Stachybotrys spores contain a variety of mycotoxins - especially trichothecenes. Also: cyclosporin - an immunosuppressent
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The case for blaming Stachybotrys spp. for human ills in moldy houses: The spores and mycelium do contain mycotoxins (esp. trichothecenes) and other powerful drugs (cyclosporin) Stachybotrys is a common household mold; if building materials are wet, it’s there.
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The case against blaming Stachybotrys: Compared to other molds, the spores are
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Unformatted text preview: not readily airborne; concentrations are low Mycotoxin concentrations in the spores are quite low Alternatives (e.g. allergic rxns, other molds, etc.) have been neglected in epidemiological studies. Identify the source of water and stop it; dry out currently wet areas. Do whatever has to be done to get rid of moldy building materials Use care in design and construction. Be sure to allow for adequate ventilation; dont be so preoccupied with energy conservation that air quality is sacrificed....
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