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Australia's bushfire season saw spikes in emergency respiratory visits and inhaler sales, report finds

The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season saw unprecedented fires and black smoke sweep across the country, leading to increases in emergency department visits for respiratory problems and in sales of asthma medication.

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