What Is Stachybotrys SP?

Stachybotrys is a genus of widespread molds, hyphomycetes, asexually reproducing, or filamentous fungi that belong to the family Stachybotryaceae.

History of Stachybotrys SP

In 1837, the genus stachybotrys was erected by August Carl Joseph Corda, a Czech physician and mycologist who’s famous for discoveries of multiple popular fungi.

The name stachybotrys comes from the Greek words σταχυς stakhus, meaning ear of grain, stalk, stick, and βότρυς botrus, meaning cluster or bunch as in grapes and trusses.

Nearly a century after Corda’s discovery, scientists all over Europe started conducting studies to better understand the widespread yet mysterious genus.

Those studies revealed that the genus was more widespread than previously believed with over 50 species.

Since that time, several more species have been discovered and the most infamous ones are S. chartarum and S. chlorohalonata, both of which are toxic black molds.

Both species are also frequently associated directly with poor indoor air quality that arises after the fungi grow on water-damaged building materials.

Furthermore, stachybotrys chemotypes are toxic, as one of them produces trichothecene mycotoxins like satratoxins, and another produces atranones.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Stachybotrys SP

Out of all the species of the genus stachybotrys, the only one that affects humans is S. chartarum. It causes the disease known as stachybotryotoxicosis.

People who catch stachybotryotoxicosis typically start showing the following symptoms within 2 to 3 days of exposure to stachybotrys chartarum:

  • Fever
  • Rhinitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Leucopenia
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Various chest and upper airway symptoms
  • Certain neurological disorders and inflammatory disorders of the mouth

According to health experts, the symptoms typically last for 3 weeks. However, in some cases, stachybotrys can even be fatal if it’s not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Stachybotrys SP

Since stachybotrys sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors prescribe different medicines and doses depending on the symptoms and condition of the patient. People who have mild symptoms get mild treatment, while those with serious symptoms get more serious treatments.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by a species of the genus stachybotrys, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by stachybotrys sp?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill stachybotrys sp is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill stachybotrys sp in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.