The papers today have articles about a new report published by the National Academy of Sciences on the health problems caused by mold. The 380 page report costs about $50 and can be purchased here.
The synopsis of this publication, from the National Acadmey of Sciences site, is as follows:
Almost all homes, apartments, and commercial buildings will experience leaks, flooding or other forms of excessive indoor dampness at some point. Excessive dampness is not only a health problem by itself, it is also contributor to several other potentially problematic types of challenging situations. Molds and other microbial agents favor damp indoor environments, and excess moisture may initiate chemical emissions from damaged building materials and furnishings. This new book from the Institute of Medicine examines the health impact of exposures resulting from damp indoor environments and offers recommendations for public health interventions.
Damp Indoor Spaces and Health covers a broad range of topics. The book not only examines the relationship between damp or moldy indoor environments and adverse health outcomes, but discusses how and where buildings get wet, how dampness influences microbial growth and chemical emissions, the ways to prevent and remediate dampness, and the elements of a public health response to the issues. A comprehensive literature review finds sufficient evidence of an association between damp indoor environments and some upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughing, wheezing, and asthma symptoms in sensitized persons. This important book will be of interest to a wide-ranging audience of science, health, engineering and building professionals, government officials, and members of the public.
Later: Thanks to Blog 702 for pointing to where you can get the full text of this report on the NAS site.