Scientists link Christmas tree mould to breathing illnesses

Scientists has discovered an illness they are calling Christmas Tree Syndrome, caused from mould spores.

Scientists identify 'Christmas Tree Syndrome' - image: HW
Scientists identify 'Christmas Tree Syndrome' - image: HW

A team from Upstate Medical University in New York noticed a peak in respiratory problems during December.

To test the theory they examined clippings from 28 trees, including needles and bark, and found 53 cases of mould.

Seventy per cent of these were responsible for causing symptoms like fatigue, chest pains, sinus congestion, itchy nose and shortness of breath.

The study, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, also reported on other research which found that after a Christmas tree has been on display for two weeks the number of airborne mould spores increases from 800 per 35 cubic feet to 3,000.





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