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Post by Rogue on Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:03 am

Death toll from Australia's thunderstorm asthma reaches 6

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six people have died and five remain on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city.

The Health Department says the sixth victim died in a hospital on Saturday night from medical complications stemming from a wild thunderstorm that struck Melbourne on Monday night.

The statement says five patients remain in intensive care units and three of those are in critical condition.

Monday's storm caused rain-sodden ryegrass pollen to explode and disperse over the city, with tiny pollen particles penetrating deep into lungs. Around a third of patients who suffered asthma attacks on Monday reported never having asthma before.

The storm overwhelmed emergency services and hospitals in this city of 4.5 million people.
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/death-toll-from-australia-s-thunderstorm-asthma-reaches/article_9ed643a0-e869-5c8c-ad0d-c9975861ae6a.html?mode=jqm
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Post by Rockhopper on Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:22 am

Saw that Rog. Nasty business!

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Post by Agartha on Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:35 am

8500?????!!!!  I never even heard of thunderstorm asthma before!!!

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Post by Kaere on Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:19 am

That's amazing!
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Post by Rogue on Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:12 am


Eight have now died.

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Post by Agartha on Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:21 am

Wow.... terrible........ to die of anything is not nice, but to die of breathing complications is horrendous. RIP poor souls XXXXX

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Post by Kaere on Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:28 pm

Terrible circumstances... is this the first time this has happened there?
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Post by Rogue on Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:26 am


First time I've heard of it. I think there have been some cases in England in the past.
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Post by Kaere on Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:47 pm

It's horrible, the way people have died and been affected Sad but I'm a bit fascinated by how it all came together, the conditions having to be met and all.
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Post by Agartha on Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:55 pm

Really? It happened in England in the past? I'll definitely research it!!

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Post by Rogue on Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:23 pm


I just tried to find the article I'd read mentioning England but of course now I can't find it. But this one below also talks of a 1994 case in London.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/30/thunderstorm-forecast-prompts-warning-to-victorians-with-asthma
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Post by Agartha on Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:44 am

Thanks for the link...... I came to the UK in Feb 1994 and I don't remember that at all...... but I guess I was too busy living in such great city all by myself, too much shopping and partying.

This kind of tragedy could really struck anywhere, the ingredients are really common: thunderstorms and pollen.

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