Asthma-related Deaths Jump 30 percent

December 5, 2023 3:15 pm in by
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An increase in flu and other respiratory viruses is being blamed for a spike in asthma deaths.

Latest figures reveal the number of deaths from asthma has jumped by 30% in Australia over the past year with older women most at risk.

Roughly 16,900 people in Bendigo have the condition, according to 2021 census data.  

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National Asthma Council’s Professor Peter Wark says those affected should be using a puffer regularly.