Press Coverage

Thunderstorm asthma shows 'worrying' trend

The Tree of Liberty
Dec. 2, 2016

Four in 10 people experiencing thunderstorm asthma symptoms had not been diagnosed with asthma yet most had suffered hay fever prior to last week's freak event in Victoria, an Asthma Australia survey has found.

‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Kills 8 in Australia

The New York Times
Nov. 29, 2016

Eight have died, and one remains in intensive care more than a week after a thunderstorm surged across Melbourne, carrying pollen that strong winds and rain broke into tiny fragments.

It’s not just about Melbourne: why we need a national approach to ‘thunderstorm asthma’

The Conversation
Nov. 29, 2016

The tragic deaths of at least six people, apparently from thunderstorm asthma, highlights the risk from environmental hazards, even in seemingly safe urban centres in developed nations like Australia.

Experts Call Melb’s ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Epidemic The Worst In History

Nov. 29, 2016

Following news that an eighth person, Ranjith Peiris, has died and one remains in intensive care from Melbourne’s thunderstorm asthma epidemic, experts are surveying the fallout from what has quickly become the worst event of its kind in world history.

Thunderstorm asthma: 'You're talking an event equivalent to a terrorist attack'

The Guardian
Nov. 27, 2016

A perfect storm of factors that triggered a mass asthma event and claimed at least six lives in Melbourne has perplexed health experts, who believe climate change may be the missing piece in the puzzle.

Thunderstorm asthma attack on Melbourne was ‘equivalent to a terrorist attack’

South China Morning Post
Nov. 27, 2016

A sudden drop in temperature in Melbourne on Monday evening from peaks of 35 degrees Celsius brought with it severe thunderstorms and triggered a mass asthma event that left hospitals struggling to treat 8,500 patients.

Fifth person dead, six remain critical after Melbourne asthma storm

9 News
Nov. 26, 2016

A fifth person has died and six people continue to fight for life following Melbourne’s fatal thunderstorm event on Monday.

We could’ve seen thunderstorm asthma coming and there are ways to prepare

The Conversation
Nov. 25, 2016

A fourth death has been attributed to Melbourne’s “thunderstorm asthma” emergency on Monday night, and it was lucky there were not more, according to the state’s health minister.

Thunderstorm asthma: Five people critical, dozens still in Melbourne hospitals

The Age
Nov. 25, 2016

Five people are critically ill and more than 60 people remain in Victorian hospitals after Monday night's "thunderstorm asthma" crisis.

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

The Age
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.