Rare thun­der­storm asthma death toll reaches 6

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 0 Six peo-ple have died and five re­mained on life sup­port af­ter a rare con­di­tion known as thun­der­storm asthma struck Australia's sec­ond-largest city, of­fi­cials said on Sun­day. The sixth vic­tim died in a hospi-tal on Satur­day night from med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions stem­ming from a wild thun­der­storm that struck Melbourne on Mon­day night, a Health De­part-ment state­ment said. Five pa­tients re­mained in in­ten-sive care units and three of those were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, the state-ment said. An­other 12 pa­tients were in hos­pi­tals with less se­ri­ous res­pira-tory and re­lated con­di­tions. Mon­day's storm caused rain-sod-den rye­grass pollen grains to ex-plode and dis­perse over the city, with tiny pollen par­ti­cles pene-trat­ing deep into lungs. Around a third of pa­tients who suf­fered asthma at­tacks on Mon­day re-ported never hav­ing asthma be-fore. — The Associated Press

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