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Breaking the Mold

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To research and answer the questions below, use the link suggestions for each question.

  1. What is Sick Building Syndrome?
    http://www.nsc.org/ehc/indoor/sbs.htm
    http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/sbs.html

  2. Legionnaire's Disease and Bird Fever are both airborne illnesses. Do these diseases have anything in common?
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/legionellosis_g.htm
    http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/faq/bird.htm

  3. What does the real-life Kee Malesky do for a living?
    http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~SLA/tour4.html
    http://slis.cua.edu/courses/818/adv5h.htm

    **Special Investigation: Listen to an interview with the real Kee Malesky and see how well you do on the spring-cleaning quiz.
    http://www.npr.org/programs/
    waitwait/archrndwn/2000/apr/000415.waitwait.html

  4. What does the expression "breaking the mold" mean? How does Kee fit this meaning of "breaking the mold?"

  5. Some indoor air contaminants are not mentioned in "Breaking the Mold." These include but are not limited to lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, asbestos, and secondhand smoke. What can you find out about these indoor air pollutants, their sources, health effects, and ways to control them?
    http://www.alaw.org/air_quality/information_and_referral/
    indoor_air_quality/air_pollution_in_your_home.html


  6. Why do you think Kee believes her asthma was triggered by Stachybotrys mold instead of a more common form of mold, such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, or Alternaria mold? Is there a chance that Kee is mistaken?
    http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/mold/stachy.htm


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