Chicago mold spore count reported near 'dangerous' level

Posted: 7/7/2014

From Healio:

The Gottlieb Allergy Count for mold spores neared the threshold for a "dangerous" air quality alert in Chicago earlier this week, according to a press release.

"The extreme humidity coupled with hot temperatures and rain have created a soupy environment that is causing serious distress for those with mold allergies and asthma," Joseph Leija, MD, an allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count of the Midwest, said in the release. "It's like having a hot, wet towel over your face all the time for many with sensitive systems. Difficulty breathing, itchy throat, coughing and fatigue is what Chicagoans feel today and possibly for the rest of the week." Read more.