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<i>Stachybotrys</i> versus Superpower

Nicholas P. Money

in Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172270
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172270.003.0001
 Stachybotrys versus Superpower

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This chapter begins with an overview of the treatment of indoor molds by the national media, stories of celebrity victims of mold exposure, and the epidemic of lawsuits related to fungal growth in homes. The outbreak of lung bleeding among infants in Cleveland in the 1990s, and subsequent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is another feature of this introductory chapter. Initial research identified the infants’ exposure to the mold Stachybotrys as the likely cause of their illness, but this conclusion was retracted later and remains highly controversial. Various approaches to assessing and treating mold growth are introduced to set the stage for the detailed discussion of every facet of the mold issue.

Keywords: major media; lawsuits; celebrity victims; lung bleeding; Cleveland; CDC; Stachybotrys

Chapter.  7874 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microbiology

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