Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chicago Mold Count Dangerously High

Air Quality Alert Warning in Effect

WHAT:  Chicago’s mold count today hit 54,000 – well above the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning. This is the third time that a high mold alert has been declared in the 2011 allergy reporting season. “Headaches, sinus congestion, runny noses and fatigue will be common among Chicagoans,” said Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist who performs the official allergy count. 
WHO:  Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, is solely certified by the National Allergy Bureau to perform the official daily allergy count for the Midwest. “The rain, the barometric pressure change, the humidity, the warm, humid weather – all these elements combine to create the dangerously high mold count,” he said of his unusual morning count. “Allergy sufferers should stay indoors, keep the windows closed, use their air conditioners and take their allergy medications.”
The Gottlieb Allergy Count is available to the public, in English, Polish and Spanish, via Twitter and at www.GottliebHospital.org. It is also available through our allergy hotline at (866)4-POLLEN, (866-476-5536).
WHEN:  Dr. Leija is available to talk with reporters today about the high count, show what mold spores look like, offer tips and demonstrate how the allergy count is calculated.
Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave.,  Melrose Park, IL 60160
WHY:  Chicago’s mold count is dangerously high and the city is on alert for poor air quality.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.