Soaring Ga. pollen count taking toll on people, pets

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Associated Press

ATLANTA — Pharmacists and veterinarians say record-breaking pollen is taking its toll on people and pets in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta pharmacist Ira Katz tells WSB Radio that he’s never seen such a run on allergy medication in his 30 years in the business. Katz says 60 to 70 percent of what’s being sold at the pharmacy where he works is allergy-related.

A record high pollen count of 9,369 particles of pollen per cubic meter was measured in metro Atlanta on Tuesday.

This week’s pollen counts are well above the old record of 6,013 from April 12, 1999.

The pollen counts were measured by the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic.

Dr. Michael Good, a veterinarian, tells WSB that pets are also suffering, though their symptoms might be more difficult to recognize.

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