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Health Effects Linger From Superstorm Sandy

Health concerns still linger from Superstorm Sandy.

Health concerns still linger from Superstorm Sandy.

East coast residents are still dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy. While most of the storm cleanup is complete from the late October storm, health experts are still concerned about the effects of mold left behind by high water levels.

Dealing with mold

Most homeowners were able to scrub mold from their home, using common cleaning chemicals like bleach to remove the problem. However, health experts say mold can lurk in areas unseen by the naked eye.

“Mold is going to be a serious problem unless you take care of it right now,” said Dr. Christopher Portier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Environmental Health, who also directs the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “It’s very tricky to predict what’s going to happen with it and the bottom line is that you really don’t want it in your home.”

Mold can linger behind sheetrock, under molding and below floorboards. If mold isn’t removed completely it can cause health problems, including asthma and other respiratory problems.

Mold, a problem in the past

A New York lawmaker is drawing attention to mold problems, saying past events should teach homeowners a lesson.

 

Mold can cause breathing problems.

Mold can cause breathing problems.

“We did not adequately react in the aftermath of 9/11 to the potential health hazards to the toxins in the air,” Representative Jerrold L. Nadler, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, who is pushing for federal help with mold removal told NY Times.

“It was initially denied and ignored, and thousands were sickened,” he said of the ground zero air-quality problems. “We should learn from that and not repeat the experience.”

When to see a doctor

If you or your family members are dealing with recently developed breathing problems, you should talk with a doctor about the possible effects of mold in your home.

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