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Document ID (ISN)101266
CIS number 03-437
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rautiala S.H., Nevalainen A.I., Kalliokoski P.J.
Title Firefighting efforts may lead to massive fungal growth and exposure within one week: A case report
Bibliographic information 2002, Vol.15, No.3, p.303-308. 23 ref.
Abstract This article describes a case of extensive fungal growth that occurred in an apartment building as soon as eight days after a firefighting intervention. High concentrations of fungal spores, 107cfu/g, were found when material samples were analysed. Concentrations of airborne fungal spores (104 spores/m3) were also high and increased by two orders of magnitude during the demolition and evacuation of mouldy building materials. The results show that fast and extensive mould growth in a building may take place also in sub-arctic zones, at least during summer. High concentrations of fungal spores are released to the air during the demolition of mouldy building materials and the following clean-up. Therefore, personal protection is necessary during the demolition of contaminated building materials and their evacuation.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; moulds; determination in air; building materials; demolition
Descriptors (secondary) spores; case study; sampling and analysis; exposure evaluation; personal protective equipment; Finland
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Fires