Is Legionnaires’ Disease a Problem in Canada?

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria. It is a potentially fatal respiratory disease characterised by severe pneumonia. At least 50 species and 70 strains (serotypes) of Legionella bacteria have been identified. Over 90% of Legionnaires’ disease cases are caused by Legionella pneumophila. The first recorded outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was in 1976 in Philadelphia, […]

Could Mold Trigger Parkinson Disease?

Parkinson disease (PD), a common movement disorder in humans was discovered in 1817 by a British doctor, Dr. James Parkinson. The exact causes of Parkinson disease are poorly understood but recent studies suggest that several environmental agents including microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), may be involved. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremor, rigidity, slowness and stiffness […]

Do You Have Mold Allergy Symptoms?

Mold allergy symptoms can be defined as damaging immune responses by the body to mold and/or mold byproducts. Molds are microscopic fungi characterized by having a body structure made up of thin branching thread-like filaments. Mold spores and fragments contain irritating substances called allergens that trigger allergy reactions. Some also produce toxic substances called mycotoxins […]

Mold Exposure At Home And The Workplace

Mold exposure at home and the workplace can cause allergy in susceptible individuals. Mold allergy symptoms may be difficult to isolate from those caused by other allergy triggers (allergens) such as pollen, dust mites, cockroach allergens, animal allergens (hair, dander, saliva) and chemicals. Pollen is generally an outdoor problem although it could, in summer, infiltrate into the indoor […]

Sewage Backup – Why Test For Total Coliform, Fecal Coliform and Enterococcus

Sewage backup could lead to sewage contamination of the occupied spaces. Exposure to sewage contamination increases the risk of contracting diseases of the digestive system and other related illnesses. Potential disease causing organisms in sewage contamination include Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. Testing for all possible disease causing microorganisms (pathogens) after sewage backup could be expensive, tedious […]

A fungal disease that is spreading throughout Canada and Northwestern USA

A rare fungal disease, Cryptococcosis, has recently been shown to be quickly spreading throughout Canada and Northwestern USA. Cryptococcus gattii, the fungus that causes the fungal disease, cryptococcosis is soilborne and is also associated with certain trees such as eucalyptus, pine or fir trees. It was previously only known in warmer climates throughout the tropics. However, since […]

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