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Schools, Colleges Contend with Costly Mold

Jennifer Matos rushed her 4-year-old daughter, Sapphira Holmes, to the emergency room last September after noticing the girl’s chest heaving as she breathed.

Sapphira, three weeks into prekindergarten at Oak Springs Elementary in Austin, Texas, was given oxygen and put on a breathing machine. Ms. Matos said a doctor mentioned that the asthma symptoms could be caused by mold exposure.