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Mold outbreak caused by heat

August 11, 2011

AUSTIN, TX — A mold outbreak at Austin High School was caused by high summer temperatures and high levels of humidity, according to The Fort Bend Sun.

The outbreak was further exacerbated by maintenance work on the school, causing the air conditioning to be shut off for a period of time, the article stated.

"Over the summer, Austin High School replaced its air conditioning towers. As a result, there were some interruptions in air conditioning services and, during this time, one of the three chillers had to be used to cool the building," said Mary Ellen Edge, Austin High School''s principal.

"The air conditioning towers were replaced, chillers were repaired and all three chillers were fully operational by Monday, August 1. A professional heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor, Fort Bend Mechanical, is working closely with Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) Auxiliary Services to closely monitor the building temperatures and humidity levels to ensure the air conditioning system continues to work properly," Edge added.

According to the article, a mold project inspection was performed at the school by the Department of State Health Services after a complaint was filed at the school.

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