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Dozens in intensive care units with ‘thunderstorm asthma’, more deaths predicted Two people have died and at least 30, including two children, are in intensive care after an extraordinary epidemic of “thunderstorm asthma”. Twenty year-old law student Hope Carnevali died on the front lawn of her home after she and her family waited more than 30 minutes for an ambulance. A spokesman for Ambulance Victoria said it was aware of two cases “where patients with respiratory symptoms were unable to be revived by paramedic crews” He said in one case it took the ambulance 31 minutes to arrive and in the other, the other ambulance arrived within 15 minutes – but was still too late. “Our thoughts are with the families of those patients. We will carry out a full clinical review into these cases,” he said. Health Minister Jill Hennessy has ordered a review, after hospitals were inundated with more than 1000 people seeking help. The breakout of “thunderstorm asthma” on Monday night has been described as having put more of a strain on the ambulance service and emergency departments than a mass casualty terror attack. On Tuesday, paramedics told Fairfax Media that they feared more deaths occurred during the catastrophe which contributed to 1900 calls for ambulances in five hours – six times ordinary demand

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