Thunderstorm Asthma kills 6 people in Australia, approximately 8,500 receiving medical care
Nov 27, Canberra: Six people have died due to asthma complications allegedly linked to a thunderstorm in Melbourne on Sunday.
A rare weather phenomenon occurred as the thunderstorm coincided with a high pollen count in Australia, officials said. Up to 8,500 people have been affected by ‘thunderstorm asthma.’ A thunderstorm in Melbourne, has been causing widespread respiratory issues among asthma and hay fever sufferers since Monday.“There have now been six deaths that may have occurred as a result of conditions relating to the thunderstorm asthma events on Monday,” the health department spokesman of the State of Victoria said on Sunday.
The ‘thunderstorm asthma’ takes place when rye grass pollens absorb moisture, break into small pieces and penetrate deep into a person's airways, affecting their health. According to the spokesman, “five patients are continuing to receive specialist ICU [intensive care unit] care in hospitals in Melbourne, with three still in a critical condition.”
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