The pumpkin on the right has a fungal disease known as black rot.
Don’t let microbes and insects turn your Halloween masterpiece into a horror show before the big night.
Dehumidifiers can help if you’re clever with that you’re trying to achieve, but you should always look to solve the underlying cause. That means, where possible, improving exhaust and ventilation.
In a damp or water-damaged environment, toxic mould species grow and release spores that can cause health problems if inhaled.
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of toxic pollutants that can be harmful to both the lungs and the brain.
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Pollution from more frequent floods and wildfires – exacerbated by the warming climate – is threatening human health and poses particular risks to the brain.
Theseus fighting against the minotaur, a hybrid of man and bull.
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Researchers have discovered the first known example of a hybrid fungus that infects humans.
This is a medical illustration of an drug-resistant fungus,
Mention fungi and most people think of eating mushrooms or yeasts in bread or beer. But fungi are now on the CDC’s list of public health threats as the number of deadly infections they cause rise.
Crews clean up debris in a neighborhood flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 26, 2017.
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Epidemiologists study disease outbreaks in populations to determine who gets sick and why. In the wake of this year’s hurricanes, they are assessing impacts from mold, toxic leaks and other threats.
Florentina Amaya of Houston looks at mold damage to her home, Sept. 5, 2017.
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Even when power is restored and floodwaters have receded after hurricanes, mold can still be a big problem. There are some things you can do on your own, but the damage can be extensive.