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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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

Monday's Comments

We have been in the very high airborne pollen range for over a week at this point. And, those of us who have been waking up in the morning with stuffy heads and itchy eyes are well aware of these high pollen levels. We have passed the peak of this years tree pollen season. But it will take at least another week for this very high pollen level to subside. Typically we will get a good, heavy rain and a lot of this circulating pollen will get washed out of the air. Then the next set of pollinating trees will start filling the air with pollen again.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 1629 (High) 347 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 711334
0.5-1.0uM 108591
1 - 5uM 20805
5-10uM 2023
10-25uM 317
>25uM 31

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Oak 680 41.74%
Mulberry 549 33.7%
Ash 127 7.8%
Pollen, Other 49 3.01%
Sycamore and other Pollen 224 13.75%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Ascospores 173 49.86%
Oidium 58 16.71%
Cladosporium 58 16.71%
Basidiospores 58 16.71%

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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