Literature Review of Current Research on Health Effects and Accepted Guidelines for the Management of Indoor Mould and Water Damage in the Built Environment
Cheong, C.D. (2013). Literature Review of Current Research on Health Effects and Accepted Guidelines for the Management of Indoor Mould and Water Damage in the Built Environment. The Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. 32(3): 10-16.
Abstract: Extensive research studies have documented a strong association between exposure to dampness and amplified growth of mould and mycotoxins (including ochratoxin, aflatoxin and trichothecene) in water damaged and damp indoor environments and the incidence of respiratory symptoms, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rhino-sinusitis, bronchitis and respiratory infections. Living in a water damaged and mouldy property is linked with
poor physical health outcomes and the continual cycle of illness could eventually lead to anxiety and depression. This paper reviews the many position statements, alerts, advisory notes, guidelines and white paper documents of various cognizant international health authorities and available current scientific research on the health effects, assessment, prevention and remediation of indoor mould and water damage in the built environment.