Thunderstorm Asthma Possibly Linked to 6 Deaths

The deaths of six people in Australia may be linked to a rare meteorological phenomenon that led to a surge in asthma attacks, Australian officials said today.
1:43 | 11/28/16

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Woman on out to an extremely bizarre and dangerous medical condition that left six people dead sent. 8500. Others to hospitals throughout Australia. It's known as thunder storm as mine it's triggered by a rare weather phenomenon and bill Nye is here to explain and bill like so many people I never heard of the support tells us thunderstorm has nice. So you have progress has a lot of pollen pollen this very sharp spark a spike spike he pollen. And so it's very high winds and what sometimes when it gets moist these pollen grains will explode or worse and so the particles get down to less than a micron office means instinctive small really small. Just senior loans pieces of spiky pollen and then if you're allergic to what you get it now I speculate here. And Australia and Australia was founded by a relatively few Europeans the the European population Austria. So if your ancestors had this. Genetic predisposition to getting it hasn't. And then you have thousands. Or millions of people living there that same. Jeanne would be passed off as very reasonable to me 8500. People that went to the hospital and that's why that's a big difference between the United States for some if you do have European ancestry has this ever happened here look we wouldn't protect them so well stay inside as what we always say if you're but people who everybody has a little bit allergic to something. Usually but you can stay inside during these extreme events now by the way. Are we even allowed to say it and extreme thunderstorm. Climate change can we say that while I just say that this could beat you cannot connect any one storm but we had tornadoes in November. And now this very big storm surprised everybody in Australia where they're quite used as. You know heavy rains from bill Nye thanks very much.

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