Mold in Campus Apartment Results in a Lawsuit against UC Santa Cruz
LA Testing offers indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to help identify microbial and chemical contaminants in homes, schools and commercial buildings.
Garden Grove, CA, November 8th, 2013
Earlier this month, the Santa Cruz Sentinel published a report about a UC Santa Cruz graduate student who, along with his wife, has filed a lawsuit against the school. The article states that the student believes that toxic mold in their campus apartment has caused severe breathing problems for the couple’s young daughter.
The daughter reportedly began having breathing issues four months after the family moved into the apartment. The girl was hospitalized several times and has now been diagnosed with asthma and allergic rhinitis. The student eventually discovered mold growing on the apartment walls. According to the news report, both an independent mold inspection and one done by the university discovered mold in the apartment.
Mold growing indoors and exposing people to high levels in the air they breathe can lead to serious health concerns. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and, in some cases, toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. These allergic reactions are quite common and can be immediate or delayed. Repeated or single exposure to mold, mold spores or mold fragments may result in non-sensitive individuals becoming sensitive to mold.
Exposure to mold can even trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma who react to inhaling mold. As an irritant, mold can cause issues with people’s eyes, skin, nose, throat and the lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to mold.
One of California’s leading mold testing laboratories is LA Testing. “It is important to minimize people’s exposure to elevated levels of mold to prevent potential health concerns and illnesses,” reports Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “People need to be aware of their indoor environment. Fortunately, as in the case at UCSC, testing services can quickly identify if mold is present and LA Testing provides laboratory testing and sampling supplies to both professionals and the general public.”
LA Testing recently sponsored an online video to help educate people about hazards associated with breathing elevated levels of mold indoors. It can be seen at: http://youtu.be/61eTg1WfJHo
To learn more about testing for mold or other IAQ issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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