Q:

5/8/2013
I am doing research on the possible effects of aerosolized marine algal toxins (brevetoxins) on the occurrence of respiratory illnesses on the Florida Gulf coast. I would like to control for the potential effects of pollens and molds.

I am interested in obtaining data (daily, or weekly or monthly averages) for the last 25 years (or for whatever period exists) on counts of pollens and molds.

Does this data exist, and can you send it to me?

Thank you very much for your help.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

I am not sure that such information is available. However, the best potential source for you to obtain this information is via personal contact with an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology certified pollen counting center. One such center is available in Orlando. The contact information for this site is copied for you below:

Allergy & Asthma Center of East Orlando
Station Head(s): Boyce A. Hornberger, MD FAAAAI
3151 N Alfaya Trail
Suite 103
Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: (407) 380-8700
www.eastorlandoallergy.com

We wish you luck, and thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology