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Residential fungal growth and incidence of acute respiratory illness during the first two years of life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20655516     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Whether or not indoor mold growth causes acute childhood respiratory illness is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of indoor fungus on the incidence of acute respiratory illness episodes during the first two years of life. METHODS: Fungal indicators were measured in homes of children followed by daily symptom diaries and twice monthly telephone contact up to two years. PARTICIPANTS: 357 children born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. RESULTS: Generally, fungal contamination was not excessive with a geometric mean mold surface area (MSA) of 1012cm(2) (geometric standard deviation (GSD) 24.2). The annual mean illness episodes per child were 6.85 (Standard Deviation (SD) 2.80). The incidence of respiratory illness episodes was not significantly related to any of the mold indicators: Analysis of variance (ANOVA) derived F-statistic (p values) was 0.14 (0.7090) for mold surface area. CONCLUSIONS: In homes not selected by degree of fungal contamination, fungal burden was generally not excessive and was not found to be a risk factor for acute respiratory illness episodes during the first two years of life.
Robert Dales; Ken Ruest; Mireille Guay; Leonora Marro; J David Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-07-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental research     Volume:  110     ISSN:  1096-0953     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Res.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-31     Completed Date:  2010-09-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0147621     Medline TA:  Environ Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  692-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Medical Epidemiologist, Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Fungi / growth & development*
Infant, Newborn
Mycoses / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Prince Edward Island / epidemiology
Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology*,  microbiology

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