Thunderstorm Asthma

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Due to the recent rare weather conditions in Australia, thousands of people were hospitalized with breathing problems. The condition was due to a phenomenon known as thunderstorm asthma. This condition is caused by the high pollen counts and high humidity that occur right before a large storm rolls in. The pollen grains break up due to the storm, which can irritate people’s lungs, causing breathing problems. People that suffer from asthma or other breathing problems are at a higher risk of suffering from thunderstorm asthma. The first ever recorded case of thunderstorm asthma occurred in Melbourne in 1987 when hospitals reported that a¬†five-fold increase in asthma cases directly following a major storm. In the latest occurrence of this phenomenon, twelve people are still receiving treatment a week after the major storm. Three of those patients are in critical condition. Sadly, eight people have died from complications due to this ailment as of Monday, November 28th. Physicians are working hard to find effective treatment for this condition.

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