Preparing for the next thunderstorm asthma

What lessons have we learnt from last spring’s deadly event?

After last spring's epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in Victoria, the worst ever recorded worldwide, the phenomenon is back in the news ahead of the first grass pollen season in south-eastern Australia.1

melbourne thunderstorm

The idea that acute asthma can be triggered by thunderstorms is not new. Several thunderstorm asthma epidemics have been documented in Australia and overseas since the 1980s.1-3

Management and prevention is challenging because people may not be aware they are at risk, asthma can have a very rapid onset, the

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