Anyone who is a flood victim of hurricane sandy should be aware of the dangers of post flood mold in their residence. Molds are fungi that can be found indoor or outdoors. Some estimates state that there are up to 300,000 species of mold however the total number is unknown. Molds thrive in moist, humid, warm environments and reproduce by producing spores that are highly resistant to harsh conditions. The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. The Institute of Medicine has found that there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough and wheeze within healthy people. Mold exposure can also exacerbate asthma. If mold is found in your place of residence it must be removed immediately. One cup of bleach in one gallon of water will be sufficient to remove and kill the mold. The Environmental Protection Agency should be contacted if an area larger than 10 square feet is infected with mold. The flooding caused by hurricane Sandy will not only increase the probability of mold growth however it will also increase the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
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