Mold Public Health Risk After Floods
Residents affected by the West Virginia floods may be at higher risk for mold exposure. While common reactions to mold include a cough, congestion, runny nose, and sore throat, more serious complications can develop, including lung infections. People with chronic lung conditions or weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to complications.
Mold likes to grow in damp, wet places – like homes hit during the recent floods in West Virginia.
Signs of mold growth include staining on surfaces, a musty odor, dark spots on or around vents, water stains and peeling or curling of vinyl floors or wallpaper, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Special face masks and protective clothing should be worn while trying to remove mold from a home or indoor space. Professional help may be necessary to completely eradicate the growth.
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