Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mold Found, Cleared out of 3 Classes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mold Found, Cleared out of 3 Classes

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While Mt. Lebanon High School students have been fighting antibiotic-resistant staph infections in recent weeks, Markham Elementary School has been facing its own biological enemy: fungus.

On Oct. 19 school officials discovered black powder falling from behind three recently installed bulletin boards in the school, which had been renovated over the summer.

No pupils or staff have been sick and attendance records do not show any irregularities, said district spokeswoman Cissy Bowman.

Principal Robert Mallery sent a letter home to Markham parents detailing information about the fungus, found in rooms 207, 209 and 115. The district hired consultant S.E. Technologies to test the powder and the air, and results were sent to the Allegheny County Health Department.

Tests showed the fungus was penicillium, paecilomyces and aspergillus niger and a few non-specified mites, all of which are non-toxic to the general public, said ACHD spokesman Guillermo Cole. …

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