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Pollen Counts
Each year in late summer people begin to experience to stuffiness and congestion of the sinuses. A large contributor to this problem is pollen in the air we breathe. Therefore, in conjunction with the State Hygienic Laboratory in Iowa City, Iowa, the Council Bluffs Department of Public Health scientifically counts the pollen in the air daily and reports the results to local media and to the State Hygienic Laboratory.

The State Hygienic Laboratory collects data from cities around Iowa and reports those results to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. When there is a high pollen count, the public is notified by the CDC. Locally, the news media report daily to the citizens so they can make their own decisions concerning their own comfort.