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Epidemic of asthma possibly related to thunderstorms

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:131
  1. Virginia Murray,
  2. Kate Venables,
  3. Tish Laing-Morton,
  4. Martyn Partridge John Thurston,
  5. David Williams
  1. Consultant occupational and environmental toxicologist National Poisons Unit, Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital Trust, London SE11 5ER Consultant senior lecturer in epidemiology Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, London Senior registrar in public health medicine South East Institute of Public Health, London Chairman of the board of management, National Asthma Campaign, London Consultant, Queen Mary's, Roehampton, London Consultant, St Thomas's Hospital, London.

    EDITOR,—At 1300 on 25 June the National Poisons Unit was notified by Whipps Cross accident and emergency department that 55 people complaining of asthma had attended during the preceding 15 hours. This was in contrast to an expected five to six cases and represented a 10-fold increase. Further investigation showed a similar excess of people …

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