GREENSBORO, NC — School officials will close down Oak Ridge Elementary for the entire summer while they work on removing building contaminants, including what a health expert says is the "worst case of mold ever seen," according to WGHP-TV.
The most common symptoms reported by faculty students and staff, all believed to be triggered by the poor indoor environment at the school, are: Headaches; dry eyes; unusual sneezing episodes; difficulty breathing or asthma attacks and nosebleeds, the story stated.
Linda May, an expert on black mold, said: "I''ve seen moldy schools, churches — this is the most ... umm ... deadly environment ... where students are critically ill."
The Guilford County Department of Public Health has recommended the school clean and repair the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, remove and replace existing carpeting and fix roof leaks that are contributing to the problem, the story noted.
Many parents, including Tom Malone, whose son, Hunter, has black mold poisoning that has reached into the bloodstream, say that they will enroll their children into different schools if the potentially deadly problems are not properly addressed, the story added.
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