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August 20, 2004
Scientific evidence does not support an association between mold and the wide range of health complaints that have been claimed. So says Damp Indoor Spaces and Health, the report of a new study conducted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers found sufficient evidence to conclude that mold and damp conditions are associated with asthma symptoms in asthmatics who are sensitive to mold, and to coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people. They found very few studies that examined whether mold or other factors associated with indoor dampness are linked to fatigue, neuropsychiatric disorders, or other health problems that some people have attributed to fungal infestations of buildings. The little evidence that is available does not support an association, but because of the dearth of well-conducted studies and reliable data, the researchers could not rule out the possibility.
Obtain a prepublication copy of Damp Indoor Spaces and Health at www.nap.edu/books/0309091934/html, or from the National Academies Press (800/624-6242 or 202/334-3313).
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