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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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Thursday's Comments

Nettle is the taxonomic group where we put all members of the Urticaceae family. The name of the family comes from the word urtica which is Latin for spur or stimulate. It is the same root that gives us urticaria which is a redness and itching of the skin. Not all members of the Urticaceae family cause skin irritation but a few members have spinney stems that can cause a very irritating sensation when contacted by bare skin.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 44 (Moderate) 8378 (Moderate)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 1712606
0.5-1.0uM 217188
1 - 5uM 68229
5-10uM 7133
10-25uM 1228
>25uM 52

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Nettle 18 40.91%
Other Weed Pollen 7 15.91%
Pollen, Other 6 13.64%
Grass 6 13.64%
Plantain and Other Pollen 7 15.91%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 3987 47.59%
Basidiospores 2369 28.28%
Ascopspores 982 11.72%
Smuts 462 5.51%
Alternaria and other mold 578 6.9%

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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