Health Effects of Moldy Buildings – Construction Issues

 

This page lists medical journal articles discussing construction issues as they relate to toxins found in moldy buildings.

The Health Effects of Moldy Buildings page of the Paradigm Change site provides further information on this topic.

 

Andersen B, Dosen I, Lewinska AM, Nielsen KF. Pre-contamination of gypsum wallboard with potentially harmful fungal species. Indoor Air. 2017 Jan;27(1):6-12. PMID: 26970063

The purpose of this study was to determine whether Stachybotrys and other fungi frequently isolated from wet gypsum wallboard are already present in the panels directly from the factory. Surface-disinfected gypsum disks were wetted with sterile water, sealed, and incubated for 70 days. The results showed that Neosartorya hiratsukae (≡ Aspergillus hiratsukae) was the most dominant fungus on the gypsum wallboard followed by Chaetomium globosum and Stachybotrys chartarum. Our results suggest that these three fungal species are already embedded in the materials, presumably in the paper/carton layer surrounding the gypsum core, before the panels reach the retailers/building site.

 

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