Health effects can be serious, even fatal from Graphium toxic mold.
Graphium species are common and are closely related to several ascomycetes.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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The genus Pseudallescheria (asexual phase is Scedosporium) has a Graphium phase, and these genera are noted for many health effects, some of which have serious consequences.
In the form of Scedosporium, there have been many reports of opportunistic infections, including white grain mycetoma (diseases caused by eating moldy grain) which occurs worldwide. Other systemic infections may involve the central nervous system, usually after severe local trauma or after aspiration of polluted water.
Graphium toxic mold may cause invasive sinusitis, pneumonia, or allergic reactions in the lungs. Ophthalmic cases have been reported. These eye infections may become serious this toxic mold is very resistant to most of the antifungal medications available.
Scedosporium prolificans has been associated with subcutaneous lesions after trauma with thorns or splinters. In immunocompromised patients or transplantation patients, fatal dissemination may occur.
Sources of Graphium toxic mold include dead trees and vegetation, soil, manure, and polluted water.
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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