Study reveals link between asthma and damp homes

Posted: 7/1/2013

From The New Zealand Herald:

The world's largest-ever study on the link between damp homes and respiratory illness has prompted calls for the Government to do more to fix the problem.

The findings of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood come as a new healthy housing campaign was launched at Parliament today.

The study involving 46,000 children in 20 countries, including New Zealand, found living in damp or mouldy homes was associated with asthma, allergies, hayfever and eczema.

And, significantly, the findings suggest dampness itself, rather than dust mites associated with dampness, may be the problem. Read more.