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Maginot closure related to mould

No major effects on health

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Read Health Canada's guideline to indoor air quality and moulds

BY SUSIE STRACHAN
Winnipeg Health Region
Published Thursday November 10, 2011

The public should not be overly concerned about effects on health due to exposure to moulds at the Maginot Arena, says Dr. Michael Routledge, Medical Officer of Health for the Winnipeg Health Region.

The City of Winnipeg closed the Maginot arena on Nov. 3, due to moisture problems which led to mould growing in the roof of the building. The city will be cleaning the structure before reopening it.

The majority of people who have visited the arena will not be affected by the presence of mould, says Dr. Michael Routledge, Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Health Region.

"Some people might have had short-lived allergic and asthmatic symptoms while in the arena, but those would have resolved once they left the environment" says Routledge, adding the Region works routinely with the City in order to identify potential public health concerns in civic arenas.

If anyone is concerned about their health due to mould exposure at the arena, Routledge advises contacting their family doctor or calling Health Links - Info Sante for more information.

If you have concerns about mould

Call Health Links - Info Sante. Health Links is a 24-hour, 7-days a week telephone information service. Staffed by registered nurses with the knowledge to provide answers over the phone to health care questions and guide you to the care you need. Call anytime (204) 788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.

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