Children's Mercy Kansas City

Laser particle counts are the number of particles per cubic foot divided into 6 different size ranges. A laser beam literally counts the number of such particles as they are sucked past a detector. There is evidence that increased numbers of particles, particularly in the smaller ranges, are associated with heart diseases. That is why we measure it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

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Phone: (816) 960-8885
Fax: (816) 960-8888

Friday's Comments

The Mulberry, Walnut, Hickory trees are still releasing pollen along with pine pollen in the air Keeping our pollen count still in high range and mold count has raised to moderate level. Also today is the first Orange Ozone Alert has issued from MARC SkyCast throughout KC metro area for the year 2018. This Air Quality Index (AQI) range is unhealthy for sensitive groups like persons with lung disease, older adults, and asthmatic children for prolonged outdoor activities. Please take necessary precaution and stay cool. Have a nice weekend!


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 521 (High) 8176 (Moderate)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 983441
0.5-1.0uM 24657
1 - 5uM 9372
5-10uM 1662
10-25uM 626
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Mulberry 179 34.36%
Walnut 89 17.08%
Hickory 74 14.2%
Other Tree Pollen 39 7.49%
Pine and Other Pollen 140 26.87%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 4044 49.46%
Ascospores 2947 36.04%
Basidiospores 722 8.83%
Alternaria 202 2.47%
Smuts and other mold 261 3.19%

Pollen and mold counts are collected at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Hospital Hill location using a Hirst spore trap manufactured by Burkard Limited. Results are expressed as the mean value of the particles per cubic meter and represent an integrated 24 hour collection. These results may be published for media purposes provided the Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics logo is used to acknowledge the source. Written authorization must be provided for commercial use of the results. For a recorded count, call (816) 346-1331.

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