New monitoring system to predict asthma during thunderstorms

The state government is launching a world-class asthma monitoring, forecasting and warning system to ensure Victorians, such as those in Brimbank, are made aware of high-risk events this pollen season.

Health Secretary Mary-Anne Thomas announced on Sept. 29 that the Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Risk Forecasting System will resume operations on Oct. 1, giving those at risk the opportunity to take action and reduce exposure to the pollen fragments that can trigger asthma. cause to be avoided.

“This forecasting system will ensure that people at risk during the grass pollen season are aware of high-risk days and can take the right actions to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Ms Thomas.

“I encourage all Victorians who may have asthma or seasonal hay fever to download the VicEmergency app and set up a surveillance zone so they are alerted on a high-risk day.

“People with asthma should take their asthma medications regularly as prescribed and see their primary care physician if they have persistent symptoms, update their asthma plan annually, and learn first aid for asthma.”

The grass pollen season, which generally runs from early October to late December, brings with it a seasonal increase in asthma and hay fever and the risk of thunderstorm asthma.

When large numbers of people develop asthma symptoms in a short period of time, caused by large amounts of grass pollen and a certain type of thunderstorm, it is known as epidemic thunderstorm asthma.

The forecasting system, which is active until December 31, predicts three days in advance and provides a low (green), moderate (orange) or high (red) risk forecast for the nine Victorian weather districts.

Details: betterhealth.vic.gov.au/thunderstorm-asthma

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