Thunderstorm asthma alert issued

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An eighth person has died from conditions linked to the Melbourne asthma storm event.

Hayfever sufferers have rushed to stock up on Ventolin inhalers in Melbourne. Picture: AAP

VICTORIANS have been warned to prepare for more thunderstorm asthma attacks today, two weeks after a deadly freak storm hit Melbourne.

The mercury is set to hit 34C in the city, with late showers in the afternoon or evening, and a chance of thunderstorms later tonight.

The National Asthma Council Australia says expected thunderstorm conditions combined with high pollen counts can lead to breathing problems for people with asthma and hay fever.

Some of the first victims of thunderstorm asthma: Omar Moujalled, 18, Hope Carnevali, 20, and Apollo Papadopoulos, 35

Some of the first victims of thunderstorm asthma: Omar Moujalled, 18, Hope Carnevali, 20, and Apollo Papadopoulos, 35Source:Facebook

The world’s worst recorded thunderstorm asthma attack claimed eight lives and saw more than 8500 hospitalised in Victoria.

“As we have seen with the recent events in Melbourne any serious asthma attack can be life-threatening and have tragic consequences,” Dr Jonathan Burdon said.

“Act quickly if you start to have symptoms such as shortness of breath or wheezing.”

Tim Cartwright, who was acting Victoria Police chief commissioner in 2015, will review Ambulance Victoria’s response to the storm.

“We know there were a number of families who lost loved ones and it is essential we review every aspect of our response so we can learn lessons from events such as this,” Ambulance Victoria chief executive Tony Walker said.

The results of Mr Cartwright’s review will be given to the Inspector General of Emergency Management, who is doing a review of the health system’s response to the storm.

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