Pervasive mold puts health, homes at risk


Dr. Douglas Rice, director of the environmental-quality laboratory at Colorado State University, said each square inch of mold growth could produce 1 million spores. While most people will not feel ill effects after breathing a moderate number of spores, Rice said that even healthy people could come down with sinus and lung infections that could spread to the brain, and that some molds produce toxins that could cause birth defects and cancer.