Delawareans still face danger in the aftermath of the Sandy clean-up

By Jim Hilgen 7:05pm, November 15, 2012 - Updated 7:49pm, November 15, 2012
Compared to our neighbors to the north, Delaware fared well when Hurricane Sandy struck.

But there's still some concern in the state about a potential health hazard, mold.

The Division of Public Health (DPH) has been out and about in Sussex County advising residents on ways to avoid mold.

DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay says mold is linked to health problems like allergies and asthma.

She says cleaning up mold quickly and safely can protect the health of residents whose homes were flooded.

DPH's Thom May says even in colder temperatures mold can grow.

Mold, itself, is not the cause of health problems, but can make many problems worse.

DPH recommends removal of damaged or moldy materials such as carpets and wallboard and the use of dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture.

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