Anchorage Pollen and Mold Counts Now Available by Internet and Phone
www.anchorageair.info makes tracking allergens and air quality easier than ever
Contact: Allison Biastock
The Municipal Department of Health and Human Services has begun reporting pollen and mold counts for Anchorage for the 2010 allergy season. Reports are accessible by recorded telephone message and on the municipal website.
The department conducts pollen and mold counting twice each week from May through September, updating public information 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 easily found online by going to www.anchorageair.info; this page links to pollen reports as well as the new 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 parents of children with allergies and for individuals who suffer from allergies and asthma,” said Diane Ingle, Director of the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services. “Tree pollen is generally detected in early summer, followed by grass and then by weed pollen in the late summer. Pollen releases vary in date and intensity from year to year and can overlap, so these reports give a snapshot of current conditions.”
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. Funds for the service are provided through a grant managed by U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For more information on pollen and mold counts, please contact the MOA Department of Health and Human Services Air Quality Program at 343-4200.