A freak thunderstorm in the areas of Sydney and Melbourne, Australia has left 8 people dead. 500 are currently hospitalized and Five other patients remain in intensive care units, with three of those in critical condition. Another 8,500 have been treated after they suddenly got sick during and after this unprecedented natural disaster that overwhelmed the state’s emergency services with calls for help on average every 4 seconds.
The California Department of Water Resources is warning people to avoid any contact with the water in Pyramid Lake because of a toxic algae bloom that has taken over much of the water.
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, helps mold
testing clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through MoldRANGE Local Climate report. The enhanced versions of the patent-pending reports are now available for EMLab P&K clients who perform mold sampling in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (more…)
The graph below shows the seasonal variations influence the number of spores in the atmosphere. The weather conditions in summer and autumn favor the growth of certain fungal species and the dispersal of spores. Exceptional high concentrations of spores from the species Alternaria and Cladosporium, as well as from species of the phylum Basidiomycota can be found from June to October (modified after Lacey J, 1996).
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine – Mold Allergens in Respiratory Allergy: From Structure to Therapy – Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2015 May; 7(3): 205–220. Published online 2015 Mar 11. doi: