Spectrum of noninfectious health effects from molds

Michael W. Shannon, Dana Best, Helen J. Binns, Joel A. Forman, Christine L. Johnson, Catherine J. Karr, Janice J. Kim, Lynnette J. Mazur, James R. Roberts, Elizabeth Blackburn, Mark Anderson, Martha Linet, Walter Rogan, Paul Spire

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Abstract

Molds are eukaryotic (possessing a true nucleus) nonphotosynthetic organisms that flourish both indoors and outdoors. For humans, the link between mold exposure and asthma exacerbations, allergic rhinitis, infections, and toxicities from ingestion of mycotoxin-contaminated foods are well known. However, the causeand-effect relationship between inhalational exposure to mold and other untoward health effects (eg, acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants and other illnesses and health complaints) requires additional investigation. Pediatricians play an important role in the education of families about mold, its adverse health effects, exposure prevention, and remediation procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2582-2586
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume118
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Allergies
  • Health effects
  • Hemosiderosis
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Mold exposure
  • Mycotoxins
  • Prevention
  • Remediation
  • Water damage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Shannon, M. W., Best, D., Binns, H. J., Forman, J. A., Johnson, C. L., Karr, C. J., Kim, J. J., Mazur, L. J., Roberts, J. R., Blackburn, E., Anderson, M., Linet, M., Rogan, W., & Spire, P. (2006). Spectrum of noninfectious health effects from molds. Pediatrics, 118(6), 2582-2586. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2006-2828