Department of Health

Thunderstorm asthma events update

Published by Department of Health & Human Services
A ninth person has died following the unprecedented thunderstorm asthma events on November 21 last year.

No further patients remain in hospital.

The pollen season is now over in Victoria for this season and we do not expect to see thunderstorm activity triggering asthma or similar respiratory problems.

However, asthmatics should continue to take medication as usual, to seek help as required from their GP or a health professional.

In the case of an acute asthma attack, as always, an ambulance may be needed.

People experiencing asthma like symptoms for the first time should visit their GP for advice and if appropriate develop an asthma management plan.

Further information about asthma is available at: Asthma management - Better Health Channel

Reviewed 25 January 2017


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Bram Alexander Department of Health Media Unit

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