Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thunderstorms cause Asthma 'Spike' in NSW

A ‘spike’ in asthma-related accident and emergency attendances has been recorded this week, linked to extensive thunderstorm activity across NSW.

NSW Emergency Departments recorded 126 visits on Tuesday that were assigned a diagnosis of asthma, compared with a usual count of 68.

NSW Health Director of Environmental Health Dr Wayne Smith said increases occurred at Bathurst, Liverpool, Auburn and Mt Druitt EDs, along with Wagga, Albury and Tamworth in the last week.

“These results are consistent with increases that often occur in regional NSW at this time of year, linked to thunderstorm activity combined with rye grass pollination,” Dr Smith said.

“People who are allergic to grass pollens and who get hay fever at this time of the year may be more prone to develop asthma symptoms associated with thunderstorms.”

Source: The NSW Health Department

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