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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

Thursday's Comments

Like yesterday today also we have moderate pollen but continued hot weather has reduced mold counts into a lower range. There are still some pollinating grasses in our moderate pollen count along with some weeds. With excessive heat and moderate ozone level (Yellow) alert from MARC SkyCast throughout KC Metro area today, everybody especially persons with respiratory difficulties should consider restricting their outdoor activities.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 17 (Moderate) 4391 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 1555385
0.5-1.0uM 118147
1 - 5uM 23525
5-10uM 1715
10-25uM 13
>25uM 8

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Grass 11 68.75%
Pollen, Other 3 18.75%
Other Weed Pollen 2 12.5%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 1502 34.21%
Ascospores 809 18.42%
Basidiospores 722 16.44%
Aspergillus/Penicillium 404 9.2%
Alternaria and other mold 954 21.73%

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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