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  • Mold Test Kit Identifies Fusarium and other Fungal Contaminants

    Earlier this year, USA Today published an article about the high incidence of Fusarium that was found in a research study that tested sink drains in homes, businesses and institutions.    The article discussed these findings as a possible source of Fusarium infections in people.   Fusarium is a genus of fungi that is widely distributed in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Fungal Contamination of Pharmaceutical Products Leads to 33 Eye Infections

    Health authorities reported that a tainted dye and injection used during eye surgeries caused 33 cases of rare fungal eye infections. The products were made by the same Florida pharmacy, Franck’s Compounding Lab, that produced the supplements responsible for killing 21 elite polo horses in 2009.   All patients with the infections had undergone either eye surgeries or injections. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mold Test Kit Helps Tropical Storm Debby Victims Identify Fungal Contaminants

    Last week, Tropical Storm Debby left close to 2 feet of rain in parts of Florida as it slowly made its way across the state.  Neighboring states also received heavy rains and many areas hardest hit also experienced strong winds, flooding and even tornadoes.   As people begin repairing property damage from the storm they need to keep in mind that mold can begin growing in an indoor ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mold Test Kit Identifies Penicillium and other Fungal Contaminants in Homes, Offices and Schools

    Many people recognize that a type of fungus, known as Penicillium, can produce the antibiotic known as penicillin.  This wonder drug has been responsible for saving countless lives beginning in the 20th century through today.   Far fewer people recognize that Penicillium is also one of the most common fungal contaminants found in buildings that have suffered ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Deadly Fungal Diseases Spread by Birds

    Cryptococcosis is a potentially deadly disease caused by Cryptococcus fungi.  The major species of Cryptococcus that causes illness in humans is Cryptococcus neoformans, which is found worldwide.  Since 1999, C. gattii, which can also cause infections, has also been found in regions of the Pacific Northwest.   C. neoformans typically ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Tape-Lift Fungal Material Collection

    Taking a tape-lift sample is one of the main practices used by indoor environmental quality investigators for detecting whether mold structures (for example, spores and hyphae) have either settled onto or colonized the surface. Despite the popularity of the method, there can be significant inconsistency in how tape lifts are collected. A new ASTM International standard, ...


    By ASTM International

  • Aspergillus and other Fungal Pathogens Identified by Mold Test Kit

    As much of the country has suffered from a prolonged drought, farmers are being warned to be on the lookout for a fungus known as Aspergillus.  Some species of the fungus can produce a fungal toxin called aflatoxin.  Aflatoxin is a potent carcinogen which may be more prevalent this year due to the extreme growing conditions.   This fungus is not only a concern for ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Airborne Fungal Pathogens Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  Their latest educational video discusses airborne fungal pathogens and the infections they can cause.   There are serious infections that people can acquire by breathing certain airborne fungal ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Exposure to Pigeons may lead to Fungal Infections in Humans

    Cryptococcosis is the disease caused by the fungus known as Cryptococcus.   Cryptococcus is a fungus that is found in the soil, usually in association with bird droppings. The major species of Cryptococcus that causes illness in human is Cryptococcus neoformans, which is found worldwide.   Another less common species, that can also cause disease ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Steroid Injections Cause 11 Deaths, 119 Illnesses due to Fungal Meningitis

    After weeks of being unable to explain the rare, fatal form of meningitis sickening people across the country, medical authorities have determined that steroid injections contaminated with a fungus known as Aspergillus are the cause. The New York Times reports that an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University made the realization upon discovering what her patient did in the weeks ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Southwest Human Fungal Infections Spike over the Past Decade

    In 2011, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates released an online video about Coccidioidomycosis, a fungal disease caused by the Coccidioides species. Just this week, media reports about valley fever have caught the public’s attention as new infection rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have come to light.   According to the CDC, in 1998 there ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Valley Fever Fungal Facts Exposed in New Public Outreach Video

    Today the IAQ Video Network released the 17th in a series of public outreach videos meant to educate families about important environmental and indoor air quality issues.  The public outreach videos have all been produced in the past year covering everything from asbestos, radon and Legionella, to the latest video about Coccidioides immitis. Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Healthcare Providers in Puerto Rico Reminded of Fungal Infection Risks after Deaths at UPMC

    Last week, a hospital in Pennsylvania temporarily stopped performing all transplants after several patients developed fungal infections.  So far, three patients have died and one is still battling an infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are now helping to investigate the cause of the outbreak.    ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mold Contamination Forces Pasadena Family from their Home

    LA Testing offers indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions to help property owners and tenants identify microbial contaminants and prevent health problems. Pasadena, CA, July 6th, 2010 Last month a publication in Pasadena, California reported on a family that had been forced to move out of their home after one of the family members became extremely ill due to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • HVAC Inspections Reduces Allergens and Microbial Contaminants

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for HVAC systems to determine if mold, particulates and other indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminants are present. With Labor Day behind us the summer is coming to a close.  Many HVAC systems have been running nonstop, but will soon be taking a break before they begin providing warm air to keep building occupants comfortable ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mold Contamination Threatens Billion Dollar Missile Defense System

    Earlier this month, it was reported that workers were battling mold contamination in the tunnels under Fort Greely in Alaska.  Six underground silos that house rockets used to shoot down enemy warheads are reported to be contaminated with mold.  The repairs are part of a $1.16 billion fix to the nation’s missile defense program. The mold growth occurred because water pipes in the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Defective Drywall from China may also be Contaminated with bacteria and fungi

    During the last year there have been numerous media reports about imported Chinese drywall causing unpleasant odors, damaging building materials and causing illnesses. On Sunday an expert on building inspections announced at a conference in Orlando that the defective drywall is also full of bacteria and fungus.According to some reports the defective drywall is in as many as 100,000 homes ...


  • Sterile Prescriptions Recalled after FDA Finds Company’s Clean Room Contaminated

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the presence of microorganisms in the clean room of Franck’s Compounding Lab, which has initiated a recall of all sterile human and veterinary prescription products that it distributed.   The recall applies to all sterile preparations from the Florida-based company since November 21, 2011.   The compounding laboratory ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Dry Ice Blasting Removes Mold and Other Microbial Contaminants

    Core, one of the most recognized providers of commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) services, utilizes dry ice remediation techniques to safely remove toxic mold from buildings. Today most people recognize that mold and bacteria can cause a host of health issues when found in buildings.  Floods, leaks, plumbing problems and elevated humidity can all cause microbial contaminates to grow in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • St. Lucia Police Traffic Station Battles Mold Contamination and a Termite Infestation

    The island nation of Saint Lucia is perhaps best known for its beautiful beaches and stunning scenario, but even buildings in this popular Caribbean destination can encounter mold and termite problems. That is exactly what happened recently when the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Department of Environmental Health were contacted to investigate issues at the Police Traffic ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

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