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Bacteria could be drywall culprit

November 06, 2009 02:52PM

Scientists looking at the unpleasant effects of tainted Chinese drywall are trying to determine if the problem is caused by a chemical reaction or bacteria. Some labs say the building material has significant amounts of sulfate-reducing bacteria, which would account for the stench that’s been linked to corroded metal fixtures and associated with health problems including rashes and nosebleeds. Dr. David Krause, a toxicologist with the Florida Department of Health, said the bacteria theory needs further testing, and that even if there is a high level of bacteria in the drywall, no link has been established to the sulfur gas emissions. [Palm Beach Post]