Molds are simple organisms that are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The potential health effects of indoor mold are a growing concern. Mold can cause or worsen certain illnesses (e.g., some allergic and occupation-related diseases and infections in health care settings). However, no conclusive evidence exists that indoor mold is associated with a multitude of other health problems, such as pulmonary hemorrhage, memory loss, and lack of energy.
- CDC’s Mold Web site (http://www.cdc.gov/mold/)
provides information on mold and health and links to resources. In
conjunction with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists,
CDC has created an inventory of state indoor air quality programs, which
is available at
- CDC assists states in responding to mold-related issues, including
offering technical assistance with assessment, clean-up efforts, and
prevention of further mold growth and unnecessary exposure.
- CDC is strengthening state, local, and tribal capacity to respond to
mold-related issues, including (1) determining the extent to which state
programs establish coordinated responses to indoor mold exposures; (2)
working with federal and other organizations to coordinate plans related
to indoor air and mold; (3) developing a coordinated public response
strategy; and (4) identifying resources for developing and implementing
- CDC is developing an agenda for research, service, and education
related to mold. As a first step, CDC contracted with the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) to conduct a study on the relation between damp or moldy
indoor environments and the manifestation of adverse health effects and
to provide recommendations for future research. The report is available
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309091934/html/. CDC’s mold-related agenda
is expected to address subjects such as the following:
- Characterizing environmental conditions that allow mold growth
indoors and the association between indoor mold and disease or
- Improving the capacity of state, local, and tribal health
departments to prevent, investigate, and control mold exposures;
- Conducting and supporting research to define the association
between damp or moldy indoor environments and harmful health effects.
- Characterizing environmental conditions that allow mold growth indoors and the association between indoor mold and disease or illness;
- CDC is working with other federal agencies to conduct program and outreach/educational activities to promote healthy indoor environments.
CDC will continue to assist states and others in responding to mold issues and develop an agenda for research, service, and education. CDC is working with other federal agencies to plan and conduct a Surgeon General’s Workshop on Healthy Indoor Environments to enhance the understanding of the public health consequences of the nonindustrial indoor environment and to provide guidance to the Surgeon General and the public health community in promoting public health in those settings. The workshop is scheduled to be held in January 2005.
For more information about the program, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/mold/
Updated: November 2004