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Possible application of the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index in France: A pilot study in Brittany


Our goal was to determine if the US Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) scale might have application in France. Twenty homes in Brittany, north western region of France were classified by inspection as Moldy or Non-Moldy. Dust and air samples were collected (MiTest sampler or Coriolis sampler, respectively) from each home and analyzed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (QPCR) for the 36 fungi that make-up the ERMI. Inspection and ERMI values provided a consistent assessment for 90% of the homes. Two homes originally classified as Non-Moldy were found to fit better into the Moldy category based on the QPCR analysis and the ERMI. Dust and air samples analyzed by QPCR provided similar fungal contamination assessments. In conclusion, a metric like the ERMI describes mold burdens in homes on a continuum, as opposed to the frequently used dichotomous approach (moldy vs. non-moldy). Although a larger, random national sampling of French homes is needed, these results suggest that these same 36 fungi may be useful in creating an ERMI for France.


keyboard_arrow_right Titre : Possible application of the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index in France: A pilot study in Brittany
keyboard_arrow_right Type de documentation : Articles
keyboard_arrow_right Auteur(s) personne(s) : GANGNEUX Jean-Pierre, VESPER Stephen, WAKEFIELD Jennie, REPONEN Tiina, LE CANN Pierre, MEHEUST Delphine
keyboard_arrow_right Date de publication : 20 janvier 2013
keyboard_arrow_right Nombre de pages : 333-340
keyboard_arrow_right Editeur(s) : Elsevier
keyboard_arrow_right Tags thématiques : médecine environnementale, environnement, santé publique, air respiratoire
keyboard_arrow_right Mots-clés libres : Fungi Imperfecti/Santé et environnement/Aspergillus/Fungi/Essai pilote/Indice/Moisissure/Bretagne/France/Enquête pilote/Molds/ERMI/QPCR/Home environment
keyboard_arrow_right Langue : Anglais
keyboard_arrow_right Collection : International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
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