Mold legislation in New York State is now in effect starting Jan 2016 due to the nature of mold, effects on human health and consumer protection against overpriced remediation and improper remediation. Starting this year, mold remediation in New York state requires that mold first be assessed by a licensed assessor, generally an Industrial Hygenist who will identify the mold genus and species, a plan for remediation and a ballpark figure of cost. Since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, many Florida and New York Residents have not only assumed disasterous mold resurfacing after poorly completed remediation jobs, but more importantly debilitating health effects from [chronic] mold exposure.
A well established, causative link between mold; mycotoxin exposure and kidney/ liver cancer(s), respiratory infections, sinus infections, skin infections, brain infections (fungal meningitis) and death has been made and validated time and time again. There also appears to be a close association with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (or what has been diagnosed as fibromyalgia/ CFS without first testing for mycotoxicity). In a recent study, almost 95% of the people diagnosed with CFS also tested positive for high levels of mycotoxins versus the control group (healthy individuals) who had a 0%; yes ZERO PERCENT mycotoxicity rate as delineated by many laboratory tests.
It goes without saying, that mold exposure seems to be a much bigger issue at large than what the CDC presently reports. While mold itself may be a relatively benign substance, it's byproducts are deadly and can take a serious toll on your health!