It is black mould
, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum or "silent killer
", that is one of the most well-known and dangerous types of mould. It has gained notoriety for its ability to release toxins called mycotoxins, which can be dangerous to human health.
Damp and mouldy environments are dangerous for humans, especially for people who are sensitive to allergens. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to mould include:
However, mould can also affect the immune system and trigger more serious problems such as asthma attacks.
Stachybotrys chartarum can lead to Sick Sight Syndrome - toxins produced by the fungus make people feel ill. Studies have also shown that the fungus can be deadly and can cause idiopathic pulmonary haemorrhage in infants.