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Melbourne thunderstorm that caused six asthma deaths could happen in SA, experts warn

28 November 2016

Asthma Foundation SA health services manager Jo Williams, said now is the peak season for hay fever, when a thunderstorm could turn into a killer event. People do not have to be allergic to pollens or grasses to experience thunderstorm asthma.

“If the unique combination of a high pollen count and thunderstorm activity causing rain and changes in air pressure occurred in South Australia, then yes, people could have an increase in their asthma symptoms,” she said.

“People with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) are encouraged to look for symptoms of asthma, especially during the South Australian hay fever season of October to March and discuss these with their doctor.”

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