Old, dusty and damp historic buildings provide perfect conditions for mold growth. In such buildings mold will be found growing on wall surfaces, the ceiling and on interior decorations.
Before any restoration work, it’s important to conduct a microbiological investigation to document the types of microorganisms present and their quantities. Some of the common molds in historic buildings include:
These molds are not only allergenic (trigger allergic reactions) but also potential producers of mycotoxins. For example, Aspergillus flavus is a producer of the highly carcinogenic (cancer causing) Aflatoxin. Restoration workers are, therefore, exposed to allergenic molds and also most likely to mold toxins.
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Dr. Jackson Kung'u works for MBL, a laboratory that specializes in identification and enumeration of mold and bacteria commonly detected in air, fluids and bulk samples collected from homes, schools, offices, hospitals, industrial, agricultural, and other work environments. Jackson also provides a unique Mold Training Course on How to Recognize Indoor Mold, Develop Effective Sampling Strategies, Interpret Laboratory Results and how to Control Mold Growth.