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At Duke, a Dispute Over Mold in an Apartment

Digested from The Wall Street Journal

A dispute over mold at Duke University apartment, led to two tests with different results.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Mackenzie Drazan and her roommates say they noticed what they called “black stuff” on the tub of their University apartment, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Melissa Korn.

Drazan hired an independent firm to test for mold.

“David Straus, a retired professor of microbiology and immunology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, reviewed the outside inspector’s report at the request of The Wall Street Journal,” Korn wrote. “‘This is a dangerous place to put students,’” he said, noting the high levels the report found of Stachybotrys and Chaetomium, which produce harmful mycotoxins.”

Duke paid for its own test and that had a different finding, according to Korn. “At present, there is not an IAQ [indoor air quality] problem, however the general level of cleanliness in the apartment needs to be addressed to prevent environmental conditions that are favorable for fungal growth.”

In an interview with Korn, Strauss scoffed at those conclusions, saying that the type of mold found by Drazan would require a “significant” amount of water.

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