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Anchorage Pollen Counts Now Available by Phone and Internet

The Municipal Department of Health and Human Services has begun reporting pollen and mold counts for Anchorage for the 2012 allergy season. Reports are accessible by recorded telephone message and on the municipal website.

The Municipality conducts pollen and mold counting twice each week from May through September, updating counts each Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Pollen and mold reports are available on the Air Quality Information line at 343-4899 or on the web. The pollen page is most easily found online by going to www.anchorageair.info; this page links to pollen levels as well as to real-time air quality reports for Anchorage and several other Alaska cities. Air quality information is also available on the Department of Health and Human Services website, www.muni.org/health.

“We hope that the information we provide on current pollen and mold counts will be useful for individuals who suffer from allergies and asthma,” Diane Ingle, Director of the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, said.
According to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) affects between 10% and 30% of adults and as many as 40% of children. Pollen and mold count information can be especially useful to those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

The Municipal Department of Health and Human Services operates a pollen and mold spore sampler in the Airport Heights neighborhood of Anchorage.

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