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MOLD STATISTICS AND FACTS

Learn how widespread mold and its effects on your health.

There is a shock amount of mold cases that go unnoticed, unknown, and untreated in the world. The prevalence of numerous health conditions that are speculated to be caused by mold is the mission of the Biotoxin Foundation. Our mission is to seek out scientists, medical diagnoses, and treatment for mold and mold-related health problems.

Statistical Data on Mold

  • 7 million deaths per year are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution.
  • Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the United States, approximately 4.6 million are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.
  • An estimated 45 million building in the United States have unsafe levels of mold.
  • Infants exposed to mold in their living environments have an approximate 3x risk of becoming asthmatic than those who are not exposed to mold.
  • 95% of chronic sinus infections have been attributed to mold.
  • A high number of doctors are not trained to identify mold illness.
  • Up to 25% of the population are genetically predisposed to being more susceptible to mold illness.
  • Every year, nearly 600,000 children under the age of five die from diseases caused by or exacerbated by the effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution.
  • Millions of people are suffering from respiratory diseases that affect their physical and cognitive development.
  • In the United States alone, the cost of dealing with allergic rhinitis, acute bronchitis, and asthma caused from exposure to indoor dampness and mold are staggering. For acute rhinitis: $3.7 billion; acute bronchitis: $1.9 billion; asthma morbidity: $15.1 billion; and asthma mortality $1.7 billion.
  • One out of six Europeans—or the equivalent of the entire country of Germany—report living in unsafe buildings; i.e., buildings that have damp (leaking roof, damp floor, walls, or foundation), a lack of daylight, inadequate heating. People in such homes are 40% more likely to have asthma, various respiratory illnesses, and a risk of developing of non-respiratory diseases.
  • 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed World Health Organization limits. Some 3 million deaths a year are linked to outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution is almost as deadly, with an estimated 6.5 million deaths in 2012.
  • Studies across the world and also in India prove that outdoor and indoor air pollution is a serious environmental risk. It has been identified as the fifth highest cause of morbidity in India. Four children die an hour of pneumonia caused by respirable suspended particulate matter (PM), which form a large part of the air people breathe. This adds up to approximately 104 deaths per day and 38,000 a year.
  • In a recent Pan-European study, they estimate that exposure to indoor pollutants is linked to reduced life expectancy and burden of disease (57% of the total burden relates to cardio diseases, 23% to lung cancer, 12% to asthma and the remaining 8% is associated with other respiratory conditions).
  • The estimated cost of health problems associated with mold and damp is 450 million euros each year. If you add in the cost of repairing the problem, the total reaches 1.4 billion euros. This was discovered in a 2012 report from Finland.
  • From a 2011 World Health Organization report: “About 12% of new childhood asthma in Europe can be attributed to indoor mold exposure, which represents approximately avoidable DALYs (Disability-Adjusted Life Years) and 83 potentially avoidable deaths per year.”
  • From the United States EPA website: One third to one half of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions—including asthma—and spread infectious diseases.
  • From a 2009 World Health Organization report: “Indoor air pollution – such as from dampness and mold, chemicals and other biological agents—is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. About 1.5 million deaths each year are associated with the indoor combustion of solid fuels, the majority of which occur among women and children in low-income countries.”
  • The percentage of homes in 31 European countries that are affected by damp, mold, or water damage is staggering. A report concluded that 12.1% of homes had damp, 10.3% had mold, and 10.0% had water damage, giving a total of 16.5% for a combination of these indicators. It is estimated one in every six of the dwellings in Europe have one or all of these issues.

It is our mission to develop more knowledge in order to discover, treat, and reduce health issues connected to mold, to pass legislation, and encourage better health for the world.