Mold forces Iowa governor to leave mansion

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and his wife, Chris, were forced to move out of their residence at the governor’s mansion in Des Moines because of black mold.

The couple moved to their Boone County home after air tests revealed the black mold problem at the Terrace Hill mansion.   The private residence is on the mansion’s third floor.

Branstad said his wife had been feeling ill for about a month before they had the tests performed.   Symptoms associated with black mold exposure include chronic fatigue and allergy symptoms like fever, headaches, sneezing, chronic coughing and rash. 

The couple moved out of the mansion Saturday, July 28.   It was unclear how long it would take to remove the black mold.