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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    Calls for New Zealand to be better prepared for a thunderstorm asthma outbreak

    Calls for New Zealand to be better prepared for a thunderstorm asthma outbreak


    Thunderstorm asthma is where asthma cases needing hospital care double, because of a thunderstorm.

    It's caused by a thunderstorm in the summer that breaks pollen particles into pieces so small, they start to block peoples lungs -- even those who've never had asthma before.

    Massey University's Carol Stewart says New Zealanders need to know about what to do -- now.

    She says we need to develop health messages now, so health services aren't scrambling when a thunderstorm outbreak happens.

    © 2022 Newstalk ZB, NZCity

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