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Mold-related illness case to have its day in court

October 4, 2012

MONTEREY, CA — Beverly Forest may never see the conclusion of a two-year-old lawsuit that claims a moldy office environment at the District Attorney’s office exacerbated certain medical conditions, according to the Monterey County Weekly.

Forest is one of nine plaintiffs represented by the lawsuit who allege that the moldy condition of a building known as “the Annex” gave them symptoms that included shortness of breath, recurring headaches, itchy eyes and bloody noses over several years, the article stated.

Aspergillus“The only thing my clients have in common is going into this building and coming out sick,” says Monterey-based attorney David Churchill, also representing the plaintiffs.

According to the article, the county contracted with industrial hygiene inspectors who observed visible mold and damp carpets due to a burst pipe burst in 2002 that flooded the property.

When inspectors swabbed surfaces and tested the air for mold spores, they found anywhere from six to 400 times the outdoor concentrations of Penicillium aspergillus and Stachybotyrs chartarum, the article noted.

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How real of a danger do environmental factors such as mold pose to the health and well-being of building occupants?