Black mold in the governor’s mansion
Iowa governor Terry Branstad and his wife, Chris, recently had to move out of the governor's mansion because black mold was found within the third floor residence. The pair are expected to remain elsewhere for at least three weeks. While they are gone, the governor and his wife will be staying at their home in rural Boone, Iowa.
This is not the first problem with fungus at the Iowa governor's mansion. In 2007, several guests of a fundraiser held at the mansion contracted a fungal infection called histoplasmosis following the event. That particular infection is linked to bat and bird droppings, and is believed to have been linked to a problem with the soil, which has since been remedied.
According to the CDC, black mold is known to trigger asthma attacks, cause allergies and, in rare cases, can cause neurological problems for those who are in contact with the fungus for long periods of time. Radio Iowa reported that the governor was feeling ill, which prompted mold testing in the mansion. A spokeswoman for the Branstads said in a statement that both are doing fine.
Experts say that the best way to prevent black mold in households is to limit humidity and moisture. Homeowners can do this by remaining diligent in looking for leaks. Possible signs of a leak include water damage in walls or ceilings and abnormally high water bills.
Using a dehumidifier in the basement or other humid areas can help to stave off mold. To prevent serious health problems, those who have mold in their houses should have it taken care of immediately. If you would like to find out more information on fungus within the household, consult the CDC website for advice.