In Texas, a potentially fatal black mold has forced 19 families to evacuate their homes and move into hotels. The Gabberts have lived at the Residence Inn with their 3 children for 3 months, since they discovered their home in Lubbock was filled with black stachybotrys mold. ?It?s kind of stressful, but we?re making the best of it,? says Ashley Gabbert.
The mold can cause allergy-like symptoms, as well as skin rashes, respiratory infections, bloody noses, fever, headaches, tiredness and neurological symptoms. It can also suppress the immune system.
Before they discovered the mold, Ashley took headache medication every day while she was pregnant with her now 10-month-old son. Her 2-year-old has been hospitalized twice with respiratory problems.