Woman concerned that mold in her apartment may be making family ill


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - An Indianapolis mother wants to know if her family is in danger after discovering they were living with mold in their apartment.

The family moved into a unit on the sixth floor of a complex at 36th St and N. Meridian a couple of years ago.

Marcya Hill-Brown started noticing the mold a few weeks ago and became really concerned when people of the household mentioned not been feeling their best lately. She is waiting to hear back from the health department about questions she has about the mold.

“It started up in the corner of her exercise room,” she said. “I just saw little spots.”

After an initial cleaning with bleach, it just got worse so she reported it to her landlord.

“I let them know I called emergency maintenance, ‘I think I have some black mold in my apartment." She said they told her they would send someone.

She said the mold has spread in just weeks.

“I take pictures every week and there is more mold,” Hill-Brown said.

A section of wall behind her desk is full of fungus.

“My daughter has reactive lungs. I have had a sinus infection almost every other month,” she said.

Mold and mildew can cause some illnesses to people who are exposed to the fungus. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, symptoms for exposure include rashes, watery eyes, a runny nose, coughing and other signs. But the CDC says there are no government standards established for household mold levels or mold spore levels, making it almost impossible to enforce health regulations.

Officials said that during normal business hours they could research if there is an official complaint filed with the county about mold and mildew concerns at the Meridian St. property, but that the health department was closed on the Monday holiday.

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