Mold prevention strategies and possible health effects in the aftermath of floods
1.Extensive water damage after
major hurricanes and floods increases the likelihood of mold contamination in
2.The recommendations assume
that, in the aftermath of major hurricanes or floods, buildings wet for<48
hours will generally support visible and extensive mold growth and should be
remediated, and excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause
adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or
the extent of contamination.
3.For the majority of persons,
undisturbed mold is not a substantial health hazard.
4.Mold is a greater hazard for
persons with conditions such as impaired host defenses or mold allergies.
5.To prevent exposure that could
result in adverse health effects from disturbed mold, persons should 1) avoid
areas where mold contamination is obvious; 2) use environmental controls; 3)
use personal protective equipment; and 4) keep hands, skin, and clothing clean
and free from mold-contaminated dust.
6.In the aftermath of extensive
flooding, health-care providers should be watchful for unusual mold-related
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