This image was captured in 2012, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Scientist, Ginger L. Chew, Sc.D., one month after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeastern coastline of the United States. In this particular view, you’re seeing the interior of a home that had been flooded during this natural disaster. Note that the drywall and flooring had been removed revealing the colonies of mold on the wooden wall studs. For a closer view of the mold penetration, and its build-up on the wood framing, see PHIL 20860.
“Mold can cause fungal allergy and respiratory infections or worsen certain illnesses such as asthma. Molds are microorganisms that are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The potential health effects of exposure to indoor mold are of increasing concern. Nevertheless, no conclusive evidence exists that inhalation of indoor mold is associated with a multitude of other health problems, such as pulmonary hemorrhage, memory loss, and lack of energy.”
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