Press Coverage

Thunderstorm asthma - Three people critical, 8500 treated in Melbourne hospitals

The Courier
Nov. 24, 2016

Three people are still fighting for their lives after Monday night's sudden outbreak of "thunderstorm asthma", which saw 8500 people treated in hospitals across Melbourne.

Thunderstorm asthma: Three people critical, 8500 treated in Melbourne hospitals

Bendigo Advertiser
Nov. 24, 2016

Three people are still fighting for their lives after Monday night's sudden outbreak of "thunderstorm asthma", which saw 8500 people treated in hospitals across Melbourne.

Thunderstorm asthma deaths under spotlight

SBS News
Nov. 24, 2016

The perfect storm event saw a high pollen count and thunderstorm conditions combine to produce tiny particles in the air that penetrated deep into people's airways, causing asthma to those who have the condition.

Three remain critical after asthma storm

9 News
Nov. 24, 2016

Three people remain in critical condition following Melbourne's asthma thunderstorm, which has been linked to at least four deaths so far.

Three critically ill, hundreds hospitalised after Melbourne’s thunderstorm asthma

South China Morning Post
Nov. 24, 2016

Three patients remained critically ill on Thursday, three days after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma killed four people and sent hundreds to hospitals in Australia’s second-largest city, an official said.

This could help prevent more thunderstorm asthma deaths

Gold 104.3
Nov. 24, 2016


A team of experts is desperately trying to determine whether asthma thunderstorm events, like the one linked to four deaths in Melbourne this week, can be predicted in the future. Developing an 'asthma thunderstorm forecast' is one idea that could save lives in the future.

Prof Ed Newbigin discussing thunderstorm asthma

ABC News via Youtube
Nov. 24, 2016

Prof Ed Newbigin (University of Melbourne) discussing thunderstorm asthma on ABC News 24 - 22 November 2016

Thunderstorm asthma sends hundreds to hospital

CNN via Youtube
Nov. 23, 2016

Hundreds of people in Australia were rushed to the hospital with respiratory problems after they were struck by a rare phenomenon known as thunderstorm asthma.

Thunderstorm Asthma Is a Real Thing That's Killed 2 People in Australia

Science Alert
Nov. 23, 2016

Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of 'thunderstorm asthma' on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems.

What is 'thunderstorm asthma' and what to do if you have it?

The Courier
Nov. 22, 2016

"Thunderstorm asthma" triggered more than 1,900 calls to Ambulance Victoria on Monday night. But what exactly is thunderstorm asthma? And what should you do if you have it?