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Oct 8, 2010 10:10 AM by Nichole Larkey

No allergy spike from Katrina mold

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new study finds the mold that pervaded New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina didn't lead to a general increase in mold allergies.
Tulane University researchers examined 529 patients who got a skin test for mold sensitivity at Ochsner Health System between December 2005 and December 2008.
Lead author Felicia Rabito says about 1 in 10 was sensitive to mold. She says that figure was the same among people who reported dampness or mold in their homes after the hurricane flooded the city in August 2005 and those who didn't. It's also the same as the rate for the U.S. population at large.
Dr. Judd Shellito, chief of pulmonary medicine at LSU's medical school, says the study's results are similar to what he's seen in his practice.

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