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Mold Issues at VA Medical Center Create Concerns for Employees and Patients

EMSL Analytical provides testing services, sampling supplies, inspection tools and test kits to identify water damage, mold and other indoor environmental quality issues.


Late last year, the Tampa Bay Times published a report about mold issues at the nearby VA Healthcare System. According to the article, a number of workers have been moved from their offices due to the presence of elevated levels of indoor mold.

The column discusses past employee complaints that go years back. It also identifies one of the species of mold that was identified by consultants hired to investigate the situation. The mold is known as Aspergillus and some types of it can be a major concern for anyone that suffers from a weakened or suppressed immune system as it can cause opportunistic infections. Aspergillosis is the name of disease in humans and there are multiple types, including allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), allergic Aspergillus sinusitis, aspergilloma, chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, invasive aspergillosis and cutaneous aspergillosis.

“All types of healthcare facilities need to be especially vigilant for the presence of mold contamination to help prevent infections, allergic reactions, asthma attacks in susceptible people with the condition and general respiratory irritation,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “At EMSL, we have multiple laboratories across Florida and dozens more throughout the United States and Canada that offer mold and other environmental testing services to identify the presence of microbial pathogens. Samples are routinely analyzed at our facilities to help ensure air, water and surfaces in sensitive environments are not likely to cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and other adverse reactions. These services are instrumental in confirming that cleaning and disinfection procedures meet infection control protocols.”

In addition to environmental testing, EMSL offers all of the sampling supplies needed, easy-to-use test kits, building inspection tools to identify moisture issues and water damage, and other services to help ensure good indoor environmental quality. EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about aspergillosis and moldy indoor environments that can be seen at:

To learn more about mold or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services or inspection tools, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email . To view a comprehensive line of IEQ test kits, visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 46 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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