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Black Mold adds insult to injury for flood victims

Flooding in the Country Music capital of the world has reached catastrophic proportions for many of the residence of Nashville Tennessee. As many homeowners try to restore their homes back to their former glory, many are finding themselves faced with another natural catastrophe literally growing beneath their floorboards, behind cabinets and in their drywalls. Taking advantage of the longstanding waters and wet materials that often remain for days during the clean-up and restoration process of flood remediation, Nashville residence find themselves deeply immersed in trying to prevent their homes from being overrun with the fast growing, disgusting presence of black mold. For months after a major flood, the lingering damp, humid conditions that hover over a flood plain provide the perfect Petri-dish like environment that mold thrives in and spreads at alarmingly exponential rates. The high cost of this infestation can easily run in the thousands of dollars for the average homeowner and upwards in the millions of dollars on the city and state levels. In Phoenix Arizona, one of the nations most dry and arid climates there are at least 20 listings for mold remediation crews alone.

Recently reported that in Antlers OK. US congressman Dan Boren announced that the Antlers Public school system would be receiving a large 3 million dollar portion of a federal grant to build a new elementary school to replace the severely water damaged and mold infested Brantley Elementary.

Soon homeowners and city officials will have a new tool on their side to help them in the early detection and remediation battle to offset the damages caused by black mold. Thanks to the creation of AdVnt’s soon to be released ‘In Home Mold Detection Kit’, the rapid and early detection and elimination can begin long before the spores have a chance to proliferate. Using a simple Hand Held Assay, and a small sample from a suspected area, a person can determine in 10 minutes or less weather or not immediate remediation action will need to be taken. No special unit will need to be called out to the house, no samples will need to be sent to the lab, the simple easy to follow instructions will allow for a quick private assessment of the situation before one phone call needs to made.

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The Long Lasting Legacy of Biowarfare

What was once known as ‘Germ Warfare’ for decades is now being termed ‘Biowarfare or Bioterrorism in keeping with the current state of affairs. Unfortunately biowarfare is not a new tactic in warfare, in fact biowarefare’s roots go way back to the ancient history of dirty warfare tactics. One example of ancient biowarfare assults can be found in the fourteenth century when Asian armies catapulted the bodies of plague victims over city walls to infect the entrapped population of a fortified city. Later, during the French and Indian Wars in the United States, a British Military officer is reported to have given unsuspecting Indians blankets infected with small pox resulting in several fatalities. The US militia are said to have continued this same tactic on the American Indians as the US expanded further into the western territories.
In Modern times, in Sverdlovsk Russia, anthrax spores were released from a military facility some 1450 km east of Moscow resulted in 100 deaths in 1979. That same year, Ricin another biological warfare toxin is said to be a preferred poison with the KGB, was used to coat the assassin’s bullet that killed Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov on September 7, 1978. The use of anthrax spores as a weapon was implemented in WW II when both Japan and Great Britain tested weapons carrying anthrax spores.
The development in recent times of genetic engineering holds the grim and disturbing promise of manufactured toxins never before experienced on this planet. Genetically altering already harmful microorganisms into super harmful mutations is no longer the stuff of science fiction and comic book villains. Biological Warfare and all its’ ramifications as been with us throughout our history and promises to become more formidable as we move forward into the future.
In 2003 AdVnt biotechnologies sought to pave the way in responding to the growing threat of biowarfare by creating a rapid hand held assay that would give hazmat, and emergency first responder teams a way to identify a biowarfare agent in less then 15 minutes, giving these teams plenty of time to make important containment decisions and save the lives of millions. Thanks to this pioneering technology, a rapid, low-cost solution to biowarfare threats has been greatly diminished.
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