Thunderstorm asthma: Ninth death in Victoria after freak weather event in 2016

A ninth person has died of thunderstorm asthma after a freak weather event late last year.

About 8,500 people sought hospital treatment when the weather changed abruptly on November 21, as a cool change and thunderstorms swept across Melbourne.

A release from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services said no more patients remain in hospital and, with the pollen season in Victoria now over, it is not expecting thunderstorm activity to trigger any more instances.

The Victorian Government announced a review into the public health system’s response to the cases, while a inquest by the coroner was also flagged in December.

Incidents of thunderstorm asthma are sparked by large storms, like a cool change in spring, that can cause significant breathing problems to people who do not have the condition.

This post originally appeared on ABC News.

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