Mold closes Duke library temporarily
DURHAM, N.C. - Mold found on books has prompted Duke University officials
to close the first and third floors of a library temporarily.
Wayne Thomann, director of occupational and environmental safety at Duke, said
Friday that officials closed the Vestic Library for Engineering, Mathematics
and Physics until the books are cleaned and the cause of the mold identified.
Librarians discovered the mold, which appears to be new and not a long-standing
problem, in October, he said.
Air samples showed mold levels inside the library were within an acceptable
range, Thomann said. "But if someone picked up a book that had mold on
it, he or she could have a more significant exposure," he said.
Exposure to mold could result in coughing, sneezing, eye irritation or an asthma
attack. Thomann said a librarian and a Duke employee experienced eye irritation
shortly after the mold was discovered, but there have been no other reports
of health problems.
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