Posted: 28 November, 2016 by AAP

Six People Have Now Died From Thunderstorm Asthma

Six people have now died following last week’s thunderstorm asthma event.

Six people have now died following last week’s thunderstorm asthma event which overwhelmed Melbourne’s ambulance services and hospitals.


 

Thunderstorm asthma is an epidemic of asthma symptoms during or immediately following a thunderstorm.

What caused Monday’s event?

-       Pollen blew into Melbourne during the blustery day from the state’s northern pastures.

-       Pollen grains absorbed moisture during the evening thunderstorms and then burst into hundreds of tiny allergenic fragments.

-       Those tiny fragments are small enough to penetrate deep into the airways causing asthma.

Who died?

-Hope Carnevali

-Clarence Leo

-Omar Moujalled

-Apollo Papadopoulos

-A woman who died at Northern Hospital on Friday night

-A person who died at an Eastern Health hospital on Saturday night. 

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