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Islamabad's pollen nightmare

5th March 2007

Spring brings weeks of suffering to Pakistani capital of Islamabad, and even deaths from respiratory problems, as the city's ubiquitous mulberry trees pump out the highest pollen count on the planet.

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Allergy specialists say the purpose-built city, which planted the trees in vast numbers in the 1960s for shade, now has the dubious honour of hosting the most severe allergies in world.

Many deaths are known to occur from respiratory complications, although no system has been set up to report them, and so figures are unavailable.

The species produces pollen counts of up to 40,000 pollen grains per cubic metre of air. In the West, a pollen count of 1,500 is considered dangerous. The authorities are now gradually replacing them with other tree species.

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khalid Hameed

Saturday 13th March 2010 @ 1:12

I am suffering from pollen allergy since 1984 with asthma although I take medicine but still do suffer from this severe allergy. CDA is not taking proper step to destroy paper Melboury trees in ICT so far patients are increasing rather than decreasing.


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