Journal article

Are convergence lines associated with high asthma presentation days? A case-control study in Melbourne, Australia

Tony Bannister, Danny Csutoros, Anna-Lena Arnold, Jim Black, Geoffrey Feren, Richard Russell, Andrew Watson, Scott Williams, Jeremy David Silver, Nicole Hughes

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In epidemic thunderstorm asthma (ETSA) events a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time. This is thought to occur because of a unique combination of high amounts of pollen and certain meteorological conditions. However, the exact cause and mechanism of epidemic thunderstorm asthma remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that convergence lines may be a causative factor in ETSA events, by investigating whether convergence line weather events are associated with the occurrence of high asthma presentations days during the Victorian grass pollen season (October-December). METHODS: A case control method was ..

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