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The Melbourne epidemic thunderstorm asthma event 2016: an investigation of environmental triggers, effect on health services, and patient risk factors

Francis Thien, Paul J Beggs, Danny Csutoros, Jai Darvall, Mark Hew, Janet M Davies, Philip G Bardin, Tony Bannister, Sara Barnes, Rinaldo Bellomo, Timothy Byrne, Andrew Casamento, Matthew Conron, Anthony Cross, Ashley Crosswell, Jo A Douglass, Matthew Durie, John Dyett, Elizabeth Ebert, Bircan Erbas Show all

The Lancet Planetary Health | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A multidisciplinary collaboration investigated the world's largest, most catastrophic epidemic thunderstorm asthma event that took place in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov 21, 2016, to inform mechanisms and preventive strategies. METHODS: Meteorological and airborne pollen data, satellite-derived vegetation index, ambulance callouts, emergency department presentations, and data on hospital admissions for Nov 21, 2016, as well as leading up to and following the event were collected between Nov 21, 2016, and March 31, 2017, and analysed. We contacted patients who presented during the epidemic thunderstorm asthma event at eight metropolitan health services (each including up to three h..

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