Molds, mycotoxins, and sick building syndrome

  title={Molds, mycotoxins, and sick building syndrome},
  author={David C. Straus},
  journal={Toxicology and Industrial Health},
  pages={617 - 635}
  • D. Straus
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Medicine
  • Toxicology and Industrial Health
The following is a review of some of the work we have done since 2004 regarding the importance of molds and their mycotoxins in the phenomenon of sick building syndrome (SBS). In these studies we showed that the macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxins (MTM) of Stachybotrys chartarum (SC) are easily dissociated from the surface of the organism as it grows and could therefore be consequently spread in buildings as the fungus experiences additional water events. We then showed that SC and Penicillium… 
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