Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Coroner update on reported flu-related deaths


                                                                                    County of Los Angeles



                                                                             Anthony T. Hernandez, Director

                                                                             Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, M.D.

                                                                             Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner

                                                                             1104 North Mission Road

                                                                             Los Angeles, CA  90033




Craig Harvey, F-ABMDI

Chief Coroner Investigator

                                                                                                (323) 343-0783





RE: Coroner Inquiry into Influenza-Related Deaths


The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner is inquiring into the deaths of two recently hospitalized males.


No autopsies have yet been conducted and only preliminary inquiries have been made into laboratory testing ordered by each of the hospitals to determine what specimens or cultures were collected and what the status of that testing is.


·         Case # 1 – Long Beach male in his 30’s –  Laboratory testing pending, Swine Flu not suspected.


·         Case #2 – La Mirada male in his 40’s – Preliminary laboratory testing has indicated that death not related to Swine Flu


The Coroner has made no official/final ruling as to the cause of death in either case.








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