Global & Disaster Medicine

Six people have died and five remained on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Melbourne, Australia.

NY Times

“….Monday’s storm caused rain-sodden ryegrass pollen grains 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, with 8,500 receiving hospital treatment…..”



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