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Indoor molds, mycotoxins and health Volume 5, issue 5, Septembre-Octobre 2006

Authors
Service de pneumologie-allergologie, Hôpital Nord, Chemin des Bourrely, 13915 Marseille cedex 20, Laboratoire de biogénotoxicologie et mutagenèse environnementale (EA 1784), IFR 112 Pôle méditerranéen des sciences de l’environnement, Faculté de médecine, 27, boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille cedex 05, Maison de l’allergie et de l’environnement, 174, rue Consolat, 13004 Marseille, Laboratoire de parasitologie et mycologie de l’environnement, Hôpital de la Timone, Chemin de l’Armée d’Afrique, 13385 Marseille cedex 05
  • Key words: air pollution, indoor, environmental exposure, fungi, humidity, housing, mycotoxins, risk
  • Page(s) : 383-9
  • Published in: 2006

This review article deals with health hazards associated with exposure to indoor molds. The first section describes aspects of the molds’ life cycle, growth conditions, and indoor presence (and the presence of their mycotoxins). A discussion of their health effects follows. A final section examines the preventive and corrective tools currently available in the field of indoor humidity and mold infestation.