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May 25, 2004

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Scientific evidence links mold and other factors related to damp conditions in homes and buildings to asthma symptoms in some people with the chronic disorder, as well as to coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. However, the available evidence does not support an association between either indoor dampness or mold and the wide range of other health complaints that have been ascribed to them, the report says. Given the frequent occurrence of moisture problems in buildings and their links to respiratory problems, excessive indoor dampness should be addressed through a broad range of public health initiatives and changes in how buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained, said the committee that wrote the report.

Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D., Dean, School of Public Health; Marshall H. Becker Professor of Public Health; and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Chair, Committee on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health.