A collaborative approach to national surveillance for respiratory epidemics, including thunderstorm epidemics
This working paper outlines the content of a workshop on developing a national surveillance approach for respiratory epidemics, which was held in Canberra on 3 May 2017. It is intended as a resource for policy makers, hospital administrators, clinicians, researchers and peak organisations.
Thunderstorms have been recognised to precipitate asthma attacks for over 30 years. Events have been reported from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia. Previously, the largest documented outbreak occurred in June 1994, when 640 patients presented to London emergency departments within a 30-h...