Cinnaminson, NJ, September 14th
Fungal Disease Awareness Week takes place this year from September 20th
through the 24th
. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners have organized the week to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide life-saving treatment.
This year brings new challenges as the CDC states that it is important to consider fungal diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic because the symptoms of some fungal diseases can be similar to COVID-19, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The agency is encouraging healthcare providers and patients to “Think Fungus” when symptoms of infection do not get better with treatment.
“Many people that develop a fungal infection have a weakened immune system, but exposure to elevated levels of fungi can cause other concerns for even those with a strong immune system,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Inhaling elevated levels of any type of fungi can cause respiratory irritation, allergies, and even act as an asthma trigger for some people with the condition. Therefore, identifying indoor mold growth, so it can be properly remediated, is so important for all of us.”
To help identify exposure risks, EMSL’s network of laboratories across the United States and Canada offer comprehensive indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, and test kits to detect mold and other indoor pollutants. EMSL also carries a full line of building inspection tools to help locate sources of moisture that could allow for its growth indoors.
Last year, EMSL sponsored an educational video about Fungal Disease Awareness Week that can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/T5y-dctOU2w
To learn more about microbial contaminants, infection control, or other indoor environmental quality testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
. To access IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com
for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.