Hurricane Sandy Victims Told to be Aware of Fungal Pathogens
IAQ Index™ provides test kits to identify indoor contaminants that may cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks, and result in fungal infections.
Two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast. Now, many of the water damaged properties are being repaired and cleaned, but people are being warned of the hazards due to exposure to mold growth in many of these buildings.
Mold begins to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours on many types of building materials and household furnishing once they become wet or in an environment with elevated humidity levels. If the mold is not properly removed, people working to rebuild these damaged properties and even future building inhabitants may be at risk of allergies, asthma attacks, and even fungal infections.
“One such fungal infection is known as aspergillosis,” reported Bruce Jacobs, CIH, President of IAQ Index, a leading provider of mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) test kits. “It is caused by breathing in spores of a type of fungus known as Aspergillus. People with a weakened immune system are most at risk. Unfortunately, Aspergillus is commonly found in indoor environments that have elevated levels of mold. No one should work or live in a home or building with high levels of mold. The only way to know for sure is to have the indoor environment tested. IAQ Index offers an affordable, science-based method for property owners and building occupants to do just that.”
IAQ Index has sponsored an online video about airborne fungal pathogens, it can be seen at: http://youtu.be/BMWFUqTu5w8
As a special incentive during the month of November, IAQ Index is offering a free radon test kit ($50 value) for customers who order the IAQ Index Basic Kit. To take advantage of this special offer simply order the IAQ Index Basic Kit at http://www.IAQIndex.com and receive a free radon test kit.
To learn more about testing for indoor air quality concerns, please visit IAQ Index at http://www.IAQIndex.com, email info@IAQIndex.com or call (888) 259-3883.
About IAQ Index
IAQ Index was developed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist with decades of experience dealing with indoor air quality issues. IAQ Index was developed as a health-based, easy-to-understand, air quality index that is calculated from data generated for various parameters commonly measured during IAQ surveys. The approach is similar to the EPA’s Air Quality Index that has been used historically to communicate the risks posed by common pollutants in the ambient air.
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