Posted: 30 November, 2016 by Fox

WARNING: Thunderstorms This Afternoon May Trigger Thunderstorm Asthma

Storms in Victoria this afternoon may cause further cases of thunderstorm asthma - Victoria’s chief health officer has warned.

Professor Charles Guest told people with a history of asthma, hay fever or allergies were at greater risk of asthma symptom.

He said people with asthma should always carry their inhaler or reliever. 

“When there is a thunderstorm or severe weather warning in spring or summer, staying indoors with windows closed and in air conditioned areas will reduce exposure to pollen.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast that thunderstorms may be severe in the far eastern ranges and Gippsland this afternoon.

Ambulance Victoria CEO Tony Walker told 3AW the service needs to be able to communicate with the community about their availability. 

“I think I need to, as an ambulance service, be really upfront with the community and say on these occasion we can’t guarantee when we’ll be there and if people then make an informed decision to take their loved ones to hospital I completely understand and respect that,” he said.

At least eight people have died from thunderstorm asthma in Melbourne over the past two weeks. 

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