Asthma is no fun at the best of times. On this occasion though, a rare storm triggered breathing problems for hordes of people in an Australian city.
The unusual phenomenon called “thunderstorm asthma” resulted in two deaths, over 30 people rushed to intensive care and 1900 emergency calls between 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday night.
“We essentially had a day’s workload within five hours. This includes 200 cases for asthma, and we were seeing asthma in people who had not experienced breathing issues before,” Ambulance Victoria’s Executive Director of Emergency Operations, Mick Stephenson, said in a emailed statement. Read more…