Mold Denial doesn’t make it go away

In spite of low-income housing residents who fell ill with swollen eyes, flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems two days after moving in, and county-commissioned lab tests identifying four mold species (including Penicillium, Aspergillus and Cladosporium) listed by the federal government as species of particular concern, Rio Arriba County is denying a mold problem.

Symptoms of that mold exposure include nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, conjunctivitis, lacrimation, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath…not surprisingly similar to illnesses suffered by residents.

County Commission Chairman Elias Coriz said “A certified person found no mold” but official lab tests do show dangerous molds.

You can deny your nose all you want, but that doesn’t keep it from sitting right there in the middle of your face.

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