WHAT: The Midwest experienced four dangerous mold count alerts in the 2011 allergy reporting season, making it one of the worst in a decade. The final count for the season will be calculated Friday, Sept. 30.
WHO: Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital who is certified by the National Allergy Bureau to calculate the official Midwest allergy count, releases the data from April to October. For more than two decades, Dr. Leija has risen before 4 a.m. to collect specimens from his pollen-catching machine atop Gottlieb and deliver the count to the public by 7 a.m. The Gottlieb Allergy Count is available via Twitter in English, Polish and Spanish; at Gottliebhospital.org and at 1-866-4-POLLEN (476-5536).
WHEN: Dr. Leija will perform the final Gottlieb Allergy Count of the 2011 allergy-reporting season
5 - 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
701 W. North Ave.
Melrose Park, Ill.
Media, please call Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036.
Dr. Leija is available to talk with reporters, show mold spores and other allergens, offer advice and demonstrate how he collects the spore specimens from the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.
WHY: Capture shots of Dr. Leija as he performs the final allergy count on Friday
Interview Dr. Leija about this “historically bad allergy season”
Get his prediction and health tips for the upcoming winter