Rare Fungal Outbreak Spreads To Florida
posted by admin on 2012-10-06 19:42:06
It's a disturbing story authorities think will unfold over the next month or so. An untold number of Americans who got steroid injections in their spine to relieve back pain may end up with a rare fungal infection/meningitis.
The potential problem is much bigger than the number of cases recorded so far.
The outbreak is a result of a drug used by doctors and hospitals to alleviate chronic back pains which came from a New England Compounding Center, a company based in Framingham, Mass. After the announcement New England Compounding Center snappishly ceased operations and more over took its main website offline and stopped answering phone calls.
At the moment it is unclear how the drug, called methylprednisolone acetate, was contaminated with the spores of a common leaf mold.
So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 35 cases of the fungal meningitis in six states. SEVEN patients have died.
Three lots of the drug shipped out since July have been recalled. "Unfortunately, despite this current recall, we expect to see additional cases as this investigation unfolds," says Dr. Ben Park of the CDC.
The CDC says the fungal form may be subtle at the beginning. It can cause headaches, nausea, stiff neck and strokelike symptoms, such as difficulty finding words, numbness or weakness.
FDA inspectors identified "fungal material" in a vial of methylprednisolone this week. And even though none of the company's other products has been implicated so far, the FDA urges doctors, clinics and hospitals to stop using any NECC medicine. Surprisingly, the FDA says it has no idea how many doses of the tainted medicine have been shipped out.
The first case of drug-related fungal meningitis was identified last month at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Aspergillus is the name of a common leaf mold. Most people breathe in its spores every day without being sick. People don't get Apergillus infections unless they have severely compromised immunity.
Fungal meningitis requires weeks and months of intravenous medicine to treat. Survivors may end up with permanent neurologic damage.There's one lucky aspect of this disaster: Unlike more common forms of meningitis, this type can't be passed from person to person.
CDC UPDATE: The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.
Demand forces Florida based ProLab to open Laboratory in California
posted by admin on 2012-07-12 14:35:33
(Weston, FL - July 2012) IEAQC Member Lab, Pro-Lab, announced that in order to meet the ovewhelming demand from the West Coast, they have opened a NEW Laboratory in SAN DIEGO, CA.
DBPR Approves IEAQC courses
posted by admin on 2012-07-02 10:14:54
(JUNE 25, 2012 Margate, FL) The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) Division of Education informed IEAQC today that all courses submitted have been approved for Florida State CEU's.
"We are excited at this news and look forward to assisting the Mold Professional Community at large by providing cost efficient Mold Education" said harvey Gordon, President of IEAQC, "to that end we have announced the 2012 Florida Mold Professionals Conference which is slated for August 9-11, 2012 where attendees will be able to complete ALL 14Hrs of State required CEU's at this 2 1/2 day event!"
For more information on the 2012 Florida Mold Professionals Conference visit www.FloridaMoldConference.com
2012 Florida Mold Inspection and Remediation Conference to be held in Kissimmee
posted by admin on 2012-05-31 10:11:30
IEAQC announced earlier this week that they have secured the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center to host Florida's FIRST LICENSED MOLD PROFESSIONALS Conference!
The conference, dubed "Form designation to Profession", brings together Florida's Top Mold Industry Professionals for 2 1/2days in August to Teach, Learn, Netwaork, and Grow!
Also a FIRST, IEAQC will be providing 100% of the 2yr CEU's requirements needed by Florida Licensed Mold Professionals during the 2 1/2 day event.
The event kicks off on Thursday August the 9TH with Richard Morrison, Director of Mold Services at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, delivering the Keynote Address during a plated dinner.
"True to our commitment to industry, we wanted to be able to help Florida Licensed Mold Professionals by providing a fun environment to Learn and Grow, while at the same time taking care of the business of State Required CEU's" said Harvey Gordon President of IEAQC.
"I'm looking forward to "knocking out my CEU's" while also interacting with the vendors as they showcase the very tools I need to grow my mold business with." Tony Merced of TM Inspections.
"Disney will entertain my family while IEAQC entertains me" Zach Broch of Secure Restorations
"Where else can you go and get all these CEU's and a great vacation all in one place?" Angela Pless of The Water and Fire Restoration Co.
"IEAQC means a lot to us and we are super excited to be exhibiting...and you know us, we are sure to have something fun up our sleeves!" Ron Mazur, AEML Labs
Foreclosures, the NEW MOLD INCUBATORS
posted by admin on 2012-04-16 17:06:18
It is no secret that INCUBATORS in Labs are used to provide OPTIMUM GROWTH CONDITIONS for Mold...well so do FORECLOSED HOMES!
With a record number of these foreclosed homes, closed and without power and hence no Thermal Comforts, the growth conditions in many cases are the very same, or even better, conditions as the Lab Incubators. These environmentas provide a perfect balance of temperatureand humidity, becoming the cozy homes for molds and bacteria to grow at optimum conditions.
There are literally millions of foreclosed homes which sit unused for months and even years...waiting for the proverbial Red Tape to be sliced, while all the while mold and bacteria continue their growth unaddressed.
Of the over 2.5 million foreclosed homes, it is possible that we are talking 40% or more of these are impacted by mold growth.
When home are lived in, the HVAC as well as some natural ventilation and homeowner maintenance keeps mold at bay. But sadly whe the opposite is true, and these homes go for extended periods void of proper maintenance and the use of proper HVAC and humidity controls, mold begin to grow on the building materials - namely the drywall, and the bill for remedial efforts can grow to tens of thousands to remediate.
Local Realtors tell IEAQC that in many cases the banks that "hold the note" are the very ones that are penny smart and dollor foolish as they refuse to maintain the utilities needed to arrest the growth and as such incur thousands of dollars in mold damage. "My advise to buyers these days is have a professional Mold inspection performed", says Ann Pearson, a Realtor in Delray Florida.
"We are seeing an alarming number of these homes coming back into the market" says Harvey Gordon of Indoor Air Quality Corporation and President of the Indoor Environmental Air Quality Council, "and in almost all cases the prior owners have contributed to these conditions when leaving by damaging plumbing fixtures in the anger of their loss".
Lighthouse Point Yacht Club is Ground Zero for a packed venue of Mold Professionals
posted by admin on 2012-03-16 07:27:52
"Word got out and they just kept coming" said IEAQC Director Tony Merced, "The event turned out GREAT!".
"It's tru what I have heard about IEAQC's Shoot The Breeze" said one of the attendees "they really have made the leap and crossed the "association/affiliation" barrier to UNITE ALL Mold Professionals, regardless of our association and/or affiliation to any other organization.".
"What keeps me coming? First class venues, ability to fellowship with my peers, and most of all education second to no othet association I have been affiliated with..." said IEAQC Member Zach Broch, "bottom line, IEAQC knows mold guys and what mold guys like - good food and gooder education.".
"I was so humbled that Lisa Rogers, Chair of the ASTM D22 Committee for standards related to our industry, would drive on her own dime from the St Petersburg area to speak at tonight's Shoot The Breeze." said IEAQC President Harvey Gordon.
IEAQC Chapters meet once a month and the main goal of the meeting is Education and Unity.
ASTM Committee Chair to speak at IEAQC meeting
posted by admin on 2012-03-07 09:11:57
Mold professionals from multiple associations accross the state are expected to gather to hear Lisa Rogers, ASTM Mold Standards Committee Chairperson, who will be the Featured Guest Speaker at the upcoming IEAQC Shoot The Breeze in Lighthouse Point.
Ms. Rogers will be discussing the recently released ASTM Mold Inspection Standard and the upcoming ASTM Standards for Air and Surface Sampling, as well as Post Remedial Inspections.
The event is scheduled for March 15th. To attend, click here.
Florida Licensed Mold Professionals to discuss NEW License Renewal criteria.
posted by admin on 2012-03-07 08:36:50
Licensed Mold Professionals from multiple associations, and areas, are expected to gather on March 15th in Lighthouse Point Florida to discuss the Florida Department of Professional and Business Regulation's (DBPR) new notice related to Continuing Education (CE) reqiuirments at the EAST Coast IEAQC Shoot The Breeze.
"We had to shut the registrations down at one other event" said IEAQC President Harvey Gordon, "we are anticipating a PACKED HOUSE here in Broward County!".
Florida Licensed Mold Professionals PACK THE HOUSE
posted by admin on 2012-02-24 07:24:10
Licensed Mold Professionals from multiple associations, and areas, gathered on last night (Feb 23, 2012) in Tampa Florida at the West Coast IEAQC Shoot The Breeze.
"We had to shut the registrations down" said IEAQC Chapter President Angela Pless, "before we knew we had a PACKED HOUSE!".
"IEAQC's Shoot The Breeze has crossed the "association/affiliation" barrier to UNITE ALL Mold Professionals, regardless their "association/affiliation", and this meeting was a testament of the fact that we are eager to put "associations and affiliations" aside and come together for the goal of bettering their education and the industry" said one of the attendees.
Tampa is only the second IEAQC chapter in Florida, however over the next 30 to 60 days other chapters are slated to open, with Orlando being the next.
IEAQC Chapters meet once a month and the main goal of the meeting is Education and Unity.
6 Die of Outbreak of Invasive Aspergillosis After Major Heart Surgery
posted by admin on 2012-02-15 09:33:53
A study published in the Oxford University Press - Journal of Infectious Diseases has noted that six patients died after being exposed to airborne Aspergillus conidia in the Intensive Care Unit of Major Heart Surgery (MHS-ICU) of a Spain Hospital.
The study revealed that abnormally high levels of airborne Aspergillus Fumigatus conidia (between 2006 and 2008) correlated withnew cases of IA, even in patients who were not severely immunocompromised.
Aspergillus fumigatus conidia (A. fumigatus) is a saprophytic fungus and is the main cause of the human disease, aspergillosis (allergic aspergillosis or respiratory infection). This fungus is common in dust, soil, on plants and plant products such as hay or grain. It is also an important agent of systemic mycosis in domestic animals and in humans, especially the immunocompromised. A. fumigatus has also been reported to cause allergies, asthma, and rhinitis. This fungus produces a large number of mycotoxins and tremorgenic metabolites.
The study data concluded that the presence of >17.4 CFUs/m3 of A. fumigatus spores can increase the risk of IA even in MHS patients who are not severely immunocompromised.
After the last peak of abnormally high airborne conidia levels, the air conditioning system was replaced and HEPA ﬁlters were installed in all the rooms of the MHS-ICU. No further cases of IA have been recorded to date.
MOLD HEALTH NEWS: Endobronchial Aspergilloma?
posted by admin on 2012-02-07 11:20:20
Ten patients with endobronchial aspergilloma diagnosed by bronchoscopy and histological examination were identified at the Gyeongsang University Hospital of Korea, from May 2003 to May 2009.
The patients included 9 men and 1 woman, and the age of the patients ranged from 36 to 76 (median, 58 years).
The associated diseases or conditions were:
previous pulmonary tuberculosis in 7 patients
lung cancer in 2 patients
pulmonary resection in 1 patient, and
foreign body of the bronchus in 1 patient.
The chest radiologic finding showed fibrotic changes as a consequence of previous tuberculosis infection in 6 patients and a mass-like lesion in 2 patients.
Two patients had a co-existing fungus ball, and an endobronchial lesion was suspected in only 2 patients on the CT scan.
The bronchoscopic appearance was a whitish to yellow necrotic mass causing bronchial obstruction in 7 patients, foreign body with adjacent granulation tissue and whitish necrotic tissue in 1 patient, whitish necrotic tissue at an anastomosis site in 1 patient, and a protruding mass with whitish necrotic tissue in 1 patient.
An endobronchial aspergilloma is a rare presentation of pulmonary aspergilosis and is usually incidentally found in immunocompetent patients with underlying lung disease. It usually appears as a necrotic mass causing bronchial obstruction on bronchoscopy and can be confirmed by biopsy
Former IEAQC VP is next City Commisioner
posted by admin on 2012-02-01 10:13:21
PEMBROKE PINES, FL (January 31, 2012) -- Like everything else in life, this didnt come easy to Jay. He fought for what he believed in - intergrity of service - and in the end he was able to reep the victory!
Jay Schwartz, an IEAQC Founding Member and former Vice President, beat the imcumbent and, on Feb 15th, he will be sworn in as Pembroke Pines' new City Commissioner!
"I have campained for Jay" said IEAQC President Harvey Gordon, "the one thing I was struck with was his desire and passion for his City and for bringing honesty back to public service vesus being a politician".
Over and over exit pollers said it best; "Jay swayed me with his door-to-door campaign." and "Jay told me what the other guy has not done while in office. Now its time for a fresh approach to get Pembroke pines back to life!".
White Nose Fungus on Track to WIPEOUT US Bat Populations
posted by admin on 2012-01-18 13:30:56
It would seem that White Nose Fungus (Geomyces destructans) continues to move at a pace which could wipe-out the bat populations in the US, and even Canada!
With the fungus killing over 5 million bats in North America it has been called "...the worst wildlife health crisis in memory." by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!
Whats In Your Christmas Tree?
posted by admin on 2011-12-22 14:48:49
While bringing home that beatiful live Christmas tree may mark the beginning of the holiday season for many, the mold that thrives on its branches can trigger weeks of suffering for some.
Billion Dollar Settlement may help thousands with Chinese Drywall
posted by admin on 2011-12-22 08:53:03
The time may be near when many homes may be relieved of smelly, corrosive Chinese drywall thanks to a proposed settlement this week by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., one of the largest makers of the defective drywall made in China.
Did TOXIC MOLD kill actress Brittany Murphy and her husband?
posted by admin on 2011-12-20 12:47:08
IEAQC is 4 Kids!
posted by admin on 2011-12-19 10:42:26
(MARGATE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 19, 2011) IEAQC today announced that South Florida Members united to collect Christmas Gifts for children in South Florida who have been removed from their families due to abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.
Gifts were donated to 4Kids of South Florida.
From the moment children are removed from their families, 4Kids of South Florida meets their needs by demonstrating the love of God. Their goal is to protect, provide, and offer permanent solutions for these children and their families so they can have a hope-filled future.
IEAQC selected 4Kids of South Florida due to the unique nature of their mission and the urgent need. Every child in Broward County who is brought into the Child Welfare system, from newborns to 17-year-olds, upon being removed from their families due to abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment, is given loving shelter and supervision at SafePlace 4KIDS while they await a more permanent placement.
In Broward children are either placed with a foster care family or at KidsPlace, a family-style home for up to six kids, age 4 to 14. This home allows 4Kids of South Florida to keep siblings together on a short-term basis while they await a foster home placement or reunification with a family member. Their care and support is provided by a live-in parent or couple.
In Palm Beach, siblings age 3 to 12 are placed in the 4Kids of South Florida family-style home, KidsPlace Boca Raton, while they await a foster home placement or reunification with a family member. Their care and support is also provided by a live-in couple.
Often we think of orphans as children who live in third world countries, those whose images we see on television or in the newspaper. But they’re not just around the globe, they’re also right here in our own backyard.
On any given day in South Florida, there are three to four thousand “temporary orphans” in foster care.
"IEAQC is proud of the way our Members joined together and helped those less fortunate (James 1:27)" said Harvey Gordon, President of IEAQC, "it is just one more reason that I love this organization and what it stands for".
Hayes Microbial Consulting Newest IEAQC Partner
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:53:30
IEAQC today announced its newest Laboratory Partner, Hayes Microbial Consulting (HMC) out of Midlothian, VA.
“After speaking with HMC there is no doubt that they share our passion and dedication to the Indoor Environmental Industry”, said IEAQC President Harvey Gordon.
HMC provides a broad range of high quality mold analysis and consulting services to the indoor air quality industry, and has developed a strong presence in the industry and an impressive, international client base which includes environmental consulting firms, Accredited Indoor Environmental Hygienists, Certified Industrial Hygienists, mold inspectors, remediation companies, and government agencies.
“IEAQC’s visible passion, integrity, and commitment to the environmental professional industry is right in line with our pledge and drive to provide the environmental professional industry with exceptional customer service, competitive pricing, technical expertise, and professional integrity.” said HMC Sales Director, Andrew Kerwin. “We believe in the IEAQC model and are excited to partner with them in bringing their vision to the market.”
What if asthma prevention were started at school?
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:53:23
100years of Water Damage cause Florida's Capital Dome to have to Come OFF!
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:53:10
Florida Chinese Drywall Victims Can Go SOLO Says Judge
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:52:55
IEAQC acquires IndoorAirQuality.org
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:52:46
$55M Settlement for Florida Chinese Drywall Homeowners
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:52:29
IEAQC acquires Bioaerosols.org and Bioaerosols.com
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:52:21
Publisher of the South Florida Business News to speak at Shoot
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:52:13
IEAQC announces broadcasting agreement with MiamiDigital.TV
posted by admin on 2011-10-31 02:52:04
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