Department of Health

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma - high risk warning

Published by Department of Health & Human Services

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, advises a high risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma for the South West weather district for this afternoon.

The combination of forecast high grass pollen levels and an unexpected thunderstorm with strong winds means that there is a chance that a large number of people may develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time.

Health and emergency services are monitoring the situation closely and are ready to respond.

People with asthma or hay fever, or who experience wheezing, breathlessness, a feeling of tightness in the chest or a persistent cough, should have their reliever medication with them at all times today; and avoid the wind gusts before the storm, by going inside and closing your windows and doors.

If you have asthma or hay fever, you should review the asthma first aid steps.

Call Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24 or see your local doctor if you require medical advice.

Call triple zero (000) immediately if someone is not breathing, if their asthma suddenly becomes worse or is not improving, or if the person is having an asthma attack and a reliever puffer is not available.

For up-to-date information visit the VicEmergency website or download the VicEmergency App.

Reviewed 05 December 2020


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