Mold Menaces: Sammy “slimebucket” Stachybotrys

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Profiles of the Mold Menaces: Part 2

Name: Sammy “Slimebucket” Stachybotrys

Aliases Used: Sandy Stachybotrys Chartaum

Wanted For:

Innumerable criminal acts. Investigations reveal that Sammy Stachybotrys will often “beef up” or cluster prior to his encroachment. He is precise in his invasions. He cannot conceal his sticky/slimy coating. He attempts to disguise himself by releasing clouds of spores to mask his appearance. These spores are deadly. His carefully devised distribution through the air occurs indiscriminately when his mold residue dries out or is disturbed. Many have Sammy Stachybotrysattempted to stop Sammy. However, because of the danger of airborne dispersion of spores, all cleaning and removal of Stachybotrys mold should be done using appropriate controls.

Height: varies

Weight: varies

Last Seen: In 50 percent of the buildings in your town.

Crimes Committed: Sammy intentionally produces a mycotoxin (i.e., poison from a fungus) named trichothecenes. When he slips into his victims’ nostrils, eyes or stomachs, he intends to and often does cause:

  • Sore throat/hoarseness
  • Cold and Flu symptoms (headache, slight fever, muscle aches)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Tingling or burning of nose, mouth, and perspiration areas (underarms, between the legs)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Attention deficit disorder/concentration problems
  • Personality changes, such as irritability or depression
  • Neurological disorders, such as tremors
  • Hair loss
  • Coughing with blood
  • Bleeding in the lungs (hemosiderosis)
  • Damage to internal organs, including blood, liver, kidneys, and lungs

 

Detailed Information

Stachybotrys chartarum produces Trichothecenes. Trichothecenes have multi-organ effects, including anorexia and weight loss, growth retardation, nervous disorders, cardiovascular alterations, immunodepression, hemostatic derangements skin toxicity, decreased reproductive capacity, bone marrow damage, and alimentary toxic aleukia. After direct dermal application or oral ingestion, the trichothecene mycotoxins can cause rapid irritation to the skin or intestinal mucosa, including skin irritation, burning and itching, rash or blisters, and bleeding. Eye contact may cause tearing, eye pain, conjunctivitis, burning sensations about the eyes, and blurred vision for up to one week. Symptoms also include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dyspnea, and acute vascular effects leading to hypotension and shock.

If identified, notify certified remediation specialists and seek medical attention immediately.