Roseville DMV reopens after mold contamination

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The Department of Motor Vehicles reopened its Roseville field office Monday morning after being closed for almost two weeks due to mold contamination. The field office was shut down on Nov. 2 after tests indicated positive results for Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as black mold. The mold was discovered near a janitor’s closet after employees reported a “musky smell” for about one week, according to DMV spokesman Jaime Garza. Black mold is highly bound to particle board or siding on sheet rock walls and only aerosolized when it is disturbed, according to Dr. Bradley Chipps with Sutter Independent Physicians. It is generally harmless for people who are only exposed to it for brief periods, but it can cause problems for people with asthma and cause nasal congestion, sneezing and coughing, Chipps said. Garza said the field office was shut down as a precaution and construction crews have finished with renovations to the building and removing the mold. “They retested it to make sure that everything was fine,” said DMV spokesman Armando Botello. “There is no more mold.” ~ Toby Lewis