Mold Found In Jail, Makes People Sick

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It's literally been a growing problem for some public safety employees in one Eastern Carolina county for more than 5 months.

Hyde County officials say mold has been growing in the Hyde County Jail since October.

The newly constructed public safety facility was tested by the state last fall when workers started complaining of headaches and respiratory problems.

The infestation has caused departments including the sheriff's office to temporarily relocate.

County Manager Carl Clessen hopes to move all employees back into the facility in 4 to 6 weeks.

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  • by n/a Location: hyde County on Mar 1, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    The mold isnt the biggest issue. its the sheriff's ignorance on how sorry his dispatchers are doing their jobs thats risking lives...........
  • by shamelshipman Location: big sandy tx on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    Hyde County Jail employees may want to check out the remarkable research on toxic mold removal done by environmental expert Dr Ed Close. Simply diffusing a therapeutic-grade essential oil regularly will likely result in an environment very hostile to mold. It seems like it would make traditional remediation projects easier and more effective, as well as creating a healthier environment in which to work. In one instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential oil for forty-eight hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained. Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock. After seventy-two hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys mold spores remained. (Stachybotrys has a reputation for being the most toxic mold.)
  • by WITN on Feb 25, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    If you have information about mold in another jail or prison, please e-mail us the information at
  • by Jail Man Location: ENC on Feb 25, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    The one I work in has plenty of it and it's not the one this story is about either. Shouldn't WITN ask other facilities about mold in jail??
  • by N\A Location: Hyde County on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    The County manager knew about this since October that is what make me mad he did not do anything about this issue when first brought to his attention. Now look dispatchers probably will have health issues for the rest of their life.
  • by me Location: hyde on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    there are no immates. they built a brand new jail and cant afford to lock people up, you can thank our brain dead commissiors fot that
  • by mom on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    too bad it's the workers..immunize them and let the inmates get sick.

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