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Carpet Monsters and Killer SporesA Natural History of Toxic Mold$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172270.001.0001

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Stachybotrys versus Superpower

Stachybotrys versus Superpower

(p.3) 1 Stachybotrys versus Superpower
Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores

Nicholas P. Money

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an overview of the treatment of indoor molds by the national media, stories of celebrity victims of mold exposure, and the epidemic of lawsuits related to fungal growth in homes. The outbreak of lung bleeding among infants in Cleveland in the 1990s, and subsequent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is another feature of this introductory chapter. Initial research identified the infants’ exposure to the mold Stachybotrys as the likely cause of their illness, but this conclusion was retracted later and remains highly controversial. Various approaches to assessing and treating mold growth are introduced to set the stage for the detailed discussion of every facet of the mold issue.

Keywords:   major media, lawsuits, celebrity victims, lung bleeding, Cleveland, CDC, Stachybotrys

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