Post: Tampa Courthouse, Judges Sick From Mold
Posted by Sharon Kramer on 1/30/11
A GSA spokesman said Friday mold and mildew problems that
had plagued the courthouse for years and caused illness
have been eliminated. The GSA has not received complaints
of illness in the last six months, a spokesman said.
"Once the moisture intrusion has been stopped and (repairs)
completed, the moisture necessary for mold growth is no
longer present and the mold is unable to form," the GSA
said in a statement.
Sherrill Newton, Kovachevich's senior law clerk, doesn't
"I was very surprised to hear that we are all healthy and
healed now," said Newton. Both she and Kovachevich say they
still have physical reactions they believe are tied to mold
Kovachevich said she occasionally suffers an allergic
reaction to mold causing headaches and a skin breakout. Her
last reaction came in December.
"The mold grows in the office," she said. "They try to wipe
it off, but it still grows."
Newton said a doctor has linked her physical reactions to
the building. She said she suffers coughs, sneezing fits,
eye irritation and even nosebleeds that occur only in the
Newton said symptoms used to abate when she left work for a
few days. But now, they seem to be with her constantly. She
can't leave her job to seek relief.
"I've got 24 years in," Newton said. "Do I end my career
over my health?"
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