How Mould Kills

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In 1997, doctors from Cleveland reported on a wave of infants in the area who had come down with severe lung bleeding – an illness that might have been caused by so-called toxic black mould.
In the winter of 1994, they wrote, at least 10 children developed these symptoms; one nine-week-old infant tragically died as a result. An investigation by public health officials identified another 11 similar cases between 1995 and 1996, with two deaths.

There was no clear biological cause for the cases, like a virus or bacteria, but the investigators noticed that the affected children all lived in water-damaged homes. And these homes were much more likely to contain a mould known as Stachybotrys chartarum. While the doctors were


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