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FEMA officials looking for mold

May 24, 2011

CHICAGO — Last week, teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and environmental experts from ec2-Environmental Consulting arrived in Southern Illinois to begin a preliminary assessment of damage to homes and businesses from the recent flooding, according to a press release.

Many of these soaked structures already have visible mold growth that has area residents concerned, the release stated.

According to an Illinois Department of Public Health Fact Sheet, "As molds grow, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. People who inhale large numbers of spores may get sick. Possible health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to clean up molds in indoor environments."

One mold that is sure to be an issue for many residents of the flooded properties is Stachybotrys chartarum, a greenish-black mold that can be found in properties with water damage or highly elevated humidity levels, the release noted.

The mold can grow on common materials found in buildings that contain a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, the release added.

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