A schoolteacher in Scarborough, Maine, had to quit her job of four years after developing chronic health issues related to mold exposure. The teacher is now extremely sensitive to airborne irritants, which is a common occurrence when people are exposed to mold for lengthy periods of time.
Prior to taking the job at the intermediate school, the teacher had no health issues other than a mild cat allergy. Four years later, she has developed breathing issues, chronic post-nasal drip and prolonged, frequent colds that worsen year after year.
From the start, her classroom had visible mold growing on the carpet because of prior water damage. While after reporting the problem to school administrators she was able to have a patch of the mold-infested carpet removed, the initial water damage issues weren’t resolved and the mold continued to grow. Later on, she found out that another teacher who had worked in the same room had asked to be moved because of the poor air quality, and one more teacher had suffered a severe asthma attack because of the mold. Mold testing revealed the mold in the classroom was Apsergillus, a genus which includes many toxic and allergy-irritating molds.
Only a professional mold inspection that includes laboratory testing can determine mold species, and according to the World Health Organization, no level of Apsergillus found indoors is acceptable. The school is fighting back, saying that one super-sensitive person can’t dictate school-wide mold inspections. What the school fails to realize is that continued mold exposure is what actually leads to people becoming super-sensitive to allergens, and it can end up seriously affecting the health of other teachers and even students.
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