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Thunderstorm asthma alerts

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 16:45

Bayside residents can now register to have epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasts sent to them during the grass and pollen season from 1 October to 31 December.

The alerts are part of a public information and education campaign to ensure that all Victorians, particularly those with asthma or hay fever, are as prepared as they can be should an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event occur again this year.

On 21 November 2016 Melbourne experienced the largest epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in the world, with many people requiring medical support.

Melbourne has recorded similar events in the past, but none the size and severity of the November 2016 incident.

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events are believed to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen levels and some specific types of thunderstorm activity, causing a large number of people to develop symptoms over a short period of time.

The education and information program will also include an education program from health professionals across Victoria and community education sessions.

For further information visit www.health.vic.gov.au and search “epidemic thunderstorm asthma”.

You can also download the VicEmergency app and set up a watch zone for your location.  

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