What is Aspergillosis and what causes it?

Aspergillosis is a disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus. Aspergillus is a type of mold present practically everywhere both indoors and outdoors. Spores of Aspergillus are present in the air so most people breathe them in every day. It’s almost impossible to completely avoid breathing in some Aspergillus spores. However, inhaled spores do not normally […]

Brand ‘Signature Ornaments’ Found to Contain Aspergillus Mold

Preparing for the holidays can be an exciting time to share with loved ones. Gathering up old holiday decorations and adding new ones to the collection has been a long standing tradition in many families. This year however, there are a few precautions we urge people to take when purchasing ornaments and other decorations for […]

Aspergillus/Penicillium and Unidentified Spores: What Should You Know?

Indoor air sampling for mould spores may be conducted to help in evaluating the air quality after occupants’ complaints of ill health, to determine the effectiveness of remediation procedures, to assess health hazards or to proactively monitor indoor air quality. Mould spores enter a building from outdoors through: air intakes for the heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning system (HVAC), doors […]

Indoor Molds that Produce Known Mycotoxins on Building Materials

This article discusses common indoor molds that produce mycotoxins and the materials on which they are commonly found. The general public thinks that black indoor molds are toxigenic because of the publicity that Stachybotrys chartarum (a.k.a Stachybotrys atra in the old literature), a black mold, received in the recent years. However, the colour of the indoor […]

Sampling for Airborne Aspergillus species

Aspergillus is one the most common types of moulds in indoor environment. Some members of Aspergillus group are recognized health hazards and are of great concern if they appear in built environment. The most important species as concerns health are Aspergillus clavatus, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus versicolor. Aspergillus clavatus is often associated with […]

Aspergillus: Should It Worry You?

The mold Aspergillus has close to 200 species and varieties. Aspergillus is widely distributed from the arctic region to the tropics. Aspergillus species are frequently found in air and soil.As concerns indoor air quality the most important species are Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus clavatus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus versicolor. Aspergillus: Should It Worry You If […]

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