- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending a crew to the University of South Dakota next month to evaluate a building that a former employee says has caused health problems for students, faculty and staff.

USD asked for a review of its response to complaints about mold in Noteboom Hall, a 70-year-old dormitory that has been converted to a speech therapy center. CDC officials chose to visit the school from July 27-29 to gather their own data, the Argus Leader reported (https://argusne.ws/1BRu6MA ).

“For requests concerning mold, we leave it to the professional judgment of our evaluation team to decide on the most appropriate response,” said CDC spokeswoman Nura Sadeghpour. “In this case, they felt the concerns warranted an on-site investigation.”

Former USD employee Nancy Andresen has said working in the building gave her breathing problems, migraines and other health issues. An analysis in 2013 concluded the Communications Sciences and Disorders Department should move out of Noteboom Hall, but the school says it has been unable to obtain state funding to replace the building.

The school has installed humidifiers and air filters, moved offices and gotten rid of old fabric furniture in Noteboom, and says air quality tests show improvements. The school will help the CDC officials in any way it can, USD spokeswoman Tena Haraldson said.

“They’re going to bring their own equipment and their own testing,” she said.


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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