Our thoughts are with those who suffered in Melbourne’s tragic Thunderstorm Asthma event
'Thunderstorm asthma': Three people remain critical, at least four dead (By Patrick Wright)
"Three people remain in a critical condition after Melbourne's "thunderstorm asthma" emergency, with a number more in intensive care units, Victoria's health department says. Key points:
- 8,500 people presented to emergency departments on Monday and Tuesday
- At least four people confirmed dead
- Health Minister says many patients had cardiac conditions
Thousands of people were affected by the condition on Monday, after heavy rain caused rye grass pollen to absorb moisture and burst, dispersing smaller particles that became trapped in people's lungs."