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A Family with ME/CFS Following Exposure to Molds, Mycotoxins and Bacteria in a Water-Damaged Home: A Case Report


The health of a family of five exposed to molds, bacteria and mycotoxins in a water-damaged home deteriorated within 2 months. 

Airborne nonviable spore counts ranged from 12 thousand to over 3 million per cubic meter. ERMI-36 tests of dust from the refrigerator compressor area identified several species Aspergillus and Penicillium, Chaetomium globosum and Stachybotrys chartarum. Mycotoxins identified in the dust sample as well as urine specimens included ochratoxin and trichothecenes. 

The family developed enlarged lymph nodes, skin rashes, unrefreshing sleep, neurocognitive decline, and orthostatic changes consistent with ME/CFS. 

We propose that the family developed Sarcoidosis as a result of the exposure to fungal micro particles and have been chronically ill for over 3 years following the initial exposure. They currently reside in a home that has not had water-damage resulting in mold growth but continue to have ME/CFS.

Several molds and mycotoxins

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Pulmonary hemorrhage

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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