Mold found inside Arsenal's child development center

Published: Oct. 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM CST
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Mold was initially discovered in August.
Mold was initially discovered in August.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Officials at Redstone Arsenal are taking preventative measures after finding mold in their Child Development Center. A broken air conditioning system caused the fungus back in August, but after further inspection, they found some inside the walls. The mold was first spotted by staff members in August and was quickly cleaned.

"We cleared everything that we can see," said Garrison Commander Colonel Bill Marks. "Then we wondered where are those areas that we can't see and let's take some measures to try and get after that."

After looking inside the walls, more mold was found. It was a discovery that concerned some parents.

"I was worried about sickness," said Robbie Campbell. "Because children get sick around here and that's pretty much the main issue or my concern."

Col. Marks said only three rooms in each facility have some mold. The mold didn't cover the entire wall; there were just spots, primarily under some windows.

A letter was sent with parents Tuesday afternoon to let them know steps were being taken to handle the problem.

"Our biggest concern with mold and the presence of mold is the potential for allergic reaction," said Colonel William Darby. He's the Commander at Fox Army Health Center.

"Depending on the individual's sensitivity to mold, it could manifest itself in skin reactions or in a worst case scenario it would be an upper respiratory illness," Col. Darby continued.

Col. Marks said the mold that was found in the walls has been sealed inside them and the development center is still safe.

"Because the mold is encapsulated within the walls, there is not a direct pathway from the mold to the person in the room, so we feel that it is still a safe environment," he said.

Samples of the mold have been sent to a facility in Atlanta. The results should come back on Thursday or Friday. Officials will know what steps to take once the type of mold has been determined.

Arsenal health experts said if you or your child are showing any symptoms of potential mold exposure, contact your doctor.

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