A leading asthma researcher is urging Hunter parents to keep a close eye on their children with respiratory conditions because of the amount of bushfire smoke in the region.
Ian Adcock from London’s National Heart and Lung Institute is presenting his research today at an asthma conference in Newcastle.
He’s an internationally recognised scientist, specialising in airways disease.
Professor Adcock says children are particularly vulnerable to pollution from bushfires.
“Kids particularly, because they’re outside probably a bit more than most adults, they’re going to be exposed to pollution from fires,” he said.
“It’s also the pollution we get just from traffic and it’s a major issue and we have to do something about it.
“At the moment we have an increased number of exacerbations of disease with these asthmatic children, or adults, and we don’t have effective therapies for them.”