According to a peer reviewed research paper featured in the American Society for Microbiology publication, the most common type of mold infection worldwide is invasive Aspergillosis (Latge, 1999). Invasive Aspergillosis is usually more prevalent in those with compromised immune systems. This type of infection generally attacks the lungs (molds are lipid soluble, meaning that they attach to the lungs).
Mold is prevalent throughout our environments (both indoor and outdoor), so we are exposed to mold spores on a daily basis. A world without mold would be a dangerous one, especially due to the way in which mold naturally degrades and feeds upon dead organisms; decomposing areas and keeping our environment clean. The Aspergillus genus mold(s), which is central to the cause of invasive Aspergillosis, is also a ubiquitous mold; it can be found throughout the outdoor environment, as well as the indoor. Areas become of concern once the indoor levels are considerably higher than outdoor levels, which would suggest a water related incident in the property and heavy exposure to a particular species of the Aspergillus genus.
Some common symptoms of this particular type of infection include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and feel that you may have a type of Aspergillus infection, consult with your healthcare professional. If you feel that the source may be coming from inside your property, consider having a mold inspection conducted.
More information on Aspergillosis can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, including how to get diagnosed by your healthcare provider, as well as treatment options.
Latgé, J. (1999) Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. April 1999 ; 12(2): 310-350
*All of the information included in this article is solely meant for educational purposes and is an amalgamation of content from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website and Aspergillus Fumigatus and Aspergillosis research paper featured in the American Society for Microbiology publication. None of the information in this article should supercede medical advise from a healthcare professional.
The author of our microbial blog is Fareed Nazaryfar. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry from Newcastle University (United Kingdom). He is also a Certified Mold Inspector, as well as an Environmental Manager-holding an ISO 14001 certification in Environmental Management.
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