Information on the recently noted possible link that mould may contribute indirectly to dementia.
Laid low with a fever, chills, dizziness and muffled hearing, 36-year-old Stewart Armstrong assumed he was suffering from a bad bout of flu. Two week later, with no sign of improvement and under pressure from his partner, Janine the businessman went to see his GP. The doctor could find nothing obviously wrong and prescribed pills to combat the dizziness. Blood test results also offered no answer. But the day after seeing his GP, Stewart started coughing up clots of blood. In fact, Stewart had Aspergillosis, a fungal infection in his lung, although it would take many months before he would finally get the treatment he needed. Aspergillosis is the umbrella name for conditions caused by the common mould aspergillus fumigatus.
The United Kingdom (UK) has one of the highest prevalence of asthma in the world. Reduced ventilation resulting from increased energy efficiency measures acts as a modifier for mould contamination and risk of allergic diseases.