26 minutes | Aug 9th 2020

Facts About Black Mould and Fungal Sinusitis

Black mould is a common term used to describe home infestations with mould. Its use is linked with an expectation of toxicity. In this week's Livestream, I report on the first case of Black mould sinusitis and how this was linked with immunocompromised status. Did you know that 17% of insurance claims at a major Australian insurer were water damage related? Did you know that in the USA, approximately 3.6% of the population are immunocompromised? Do you see a pattern here? Damp housing + immune compromise = opportunity for Black mould and other moulds to become BIG problems! Learn more on this Livestream or watch later or listen to the podcast later.


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