Although not all molds are bad, molds and fungi can have serious health effects on certain people to varying degrees.
The number and nature of these effects are far from certain, however those sensitive can be affected by some of the following:
Nasal and sinus congestion
Sore throats and hacking cough
Aches and pains
When molds are disturbed, they release spores into the air. You can be exposed by breathing air containing these mold spores. You can also be exposed through touching moldy items, eating moldy food or accidental hand to mouth contact.
Here are some links and resources to learn more about the health effects of prolonged exposure to mold and poor indoor air quality:
Health Canada: Mold and Your Health
Health Canada: Improve Air Quality
Health Canada: Addressing Moisture and Mold in Your Home
The Canadian Lung Association: Indoor Air Quality
Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Indoor Air Quality
World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality
Manitoba Government: Flood Fact Sheet
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mold Resources
HealthLinkBC: Mold and Other Biological Contaminants