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Fungal and Bacterial Toxins Common on School Surfaces

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Molds (fungi) and bacteria produce a wide range of toxic chemicals called mycotoxins and bacterial toxins.  

  A recent study measured mycotoxin and bacteriotoxin levels in 97 school buildings in Spain, Netherlands and Finland. Samples were collected on elevated and regularly cleaned surfaces such as desks, windowsills and cupboards. Measurable levels of fungal and bacterial toxins were found in 48% of the samples. Levels of fungal and bacterial toxins were significantly higher in school buildings with visible water/ moisture/ mold problems.

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