Update on Mold in Science Building at Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 28 2002

Update on Mold in Science Building at Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - According to the Mercer County Health Department, of the mold found in the Science Building at Concord College, three may affect people who have allergic reactions or severely compromised immune systems. The three molds are: aspergillosis, penicillium, and stachybotrys. According to state environmental officials, mold is all around us and is necessary for life. Some mold can become a problem for some people if found indoors in high concentrations. There are no federal or state standards on unacceptable levels of molds. Staphylococcus—a bacteria—was also found.

General advice from the Mercer County Health Department is as follows: mold is not contagious; mold can be cleaned from surfaces with bleach, soap and water; mold occurs naturally both out-of-doors and in buildings; the appearance of mold at Concord was likely due to higher heat and humidity and outdoor mold levels this summer. Reactions to molds are usually immediate and allergy-like (runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes).

For general information about molds, log on to: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/mold/moldfacts.htm.

Questions and answers about stachybotrys can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/mold/stachy.htm.

Concord College has given test results to the Mercer County Health Department and they are answering questions that students, faculty, or staff members may have about the molds found in the science building.

The telephone number for the Mercer County Health Department is 1-304-324-8846.

According to recent tests, problem molds were not found on the upper floors of the Science Building. The entire building, however, was closed as a precautionary measure.

Officials from the Mercer County Health Department and Concord College hosted a forum, Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m., to answer questions for students, faculty and staff. Approximately 50 people were in attendance.

Regarding relocated science labs, students are advised to ask their professors for up-to-date information.

For more information log on to www.concord.edu and click on “Rescheduled or Relocated Classes,” or call 1-304-384-5288.