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    Fatal and Severe
    Influenza
    Health Care Workers and Funeral Directors

    In an effort to understand how Influenza onset and progression leads to deaths occurring in those who work within medical facilities or manage the funerals of those who have died, we ask compassionate citizens to notate dates, locations and as much clinical detail as possible while advocating toward any privacy wishes by family members.

    If you are aware of a health care worker (HCW) or funeral director who has suffered from severe or fatal influenza, please share the information on this thread.

  • #2
    Re: Fatal & Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers & Funeral Directors

    Funeral Director
    Originally posted by NS1 View Post
    Ashland, Kentucky
    Male Age 33 Years
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    <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 90%;">Thursday night, local funeral director Tyler Preston told his dad he would see a doctor if he did not feel better the next morning.
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    <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td>By Tim Preston</td></tr>
    <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td><a href="http://www.dailyindependent.com/" target="_blank">The Independent</a>, Ashland, Kentucky
    January 18, 2014</td></tr>
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    <span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 100%;">'Jeff Preston
    Father of 33 year old Tyler Preston and
    Preston Family Funeral Home, Owner:

    “At 4:30 this morning he said he couldn’t breathe and he was gone by the time we got to the house,” his father, Jeff Preston, said Friday.

    “He got that upper respiratory infection and it kind of set him back Tuesday, and last night he said if he wasn’t feeling better in the morning that he would go to the hospital."'

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    One of two deaths in this geography are reported as having been vaccinated. This young man may have been involved in managing bodies as a funeral home owner and may have been the vaccinated subject.

    Cross-Referenced at:
    Deaths by Influenza at Home or at Work [FT#217528]

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    • #3
      Re: Fatal &amp; Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers &amp; Funeral Directors

      Funeral Home Manager
      Residence: Chandler, Texas
      Born: Hyden, Kentucky
      Male Age 34 Years
      Obituary.
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      <tr style="float: left;"><td style="font-size: 100%; font-weight: bold;">September 24, 1979</td><td style="font-size: 100%;"> to </td><td style="font-size: 100%; font-weight: bold;">January 26, 2014</td>
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      <tr><td style="color: green; font-size: 120%; font-weight: bold;">34 Years Old</td></tr>
      <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 90%;">Phil loved carpentry work, horseback riding, camping, and taking his beloved children on special outings.
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      <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td><a href="http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/home/home.cfm?&fh_id=14597" target="_blank">Chandler Memorial</a> Funeral Home</td></tr>
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      <span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 100%;">'Phil passed away January 26, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana after complications with the flu and pneumonia. He was born September 24, 1979 in Hyden, Kentucky. He?s been the manager of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home for 13 years.

      Phil loved carpentry work, horseback riding, camping, and taking his beloved children on special outings. He was an amazing husband, daddy, son, and brother . . . '

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      This young man of 34 years, a funeral home manager in Chandler, Texas, was born in Hyden, Kentucky, less than 30 miles from Ashland, Kentucky, where the 33 year old funeral director died at home.

      Cross-Referenced at:
      Texas - Dallas/Ft. Worth area seasonal flu 2013/2014 [FT#216295]

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      • #4
        Re: Fatal &amp; Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers &amp; Funeral Directors

        Originally posted by Jim Oliveros View Post
        I looked through the articles posted related to Fresno County deaths and found some information on 8 of the 15 deaths:

        January 9 - Woman
        January 13 - Jail inmate 60-year-old Francisco Rosales Gamboa
        January 22 - Two women 30s, man 60s, woman 50s
        January 24 - Dr. Wayne Iwao Kodama 52
        January 28 - Man 50s
        Nice work, Jim!

        Dr. Wayne Iwao Kodama
        Male Age 52 Years
        Dentist
        Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation, Founder
        Obituary

        Young adults working with teenagers and children appear to have increased risk of fatality from pH1N1.

        Cross-Referenced at:
        California pH1N1 HFR and CCFR [FT#217650]

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        • #5
          Re: Fatal &amp; Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers &amp; Funeral Directors

          Originally posted by tetano View Post
          Lufkin doctor hospitalized with H1N1 while daughter takes care of family

          While a Lufkin doctor, diagnosed with H1N1, remains in a medically induced coma at Methodist Hospital in Houston, his 19-year-old daughter is furiously working to spread word of the family?s needs and to encourage the public to get a flu vaccination.

          Rebecca Gill, whose father is Dr. Christopher Gill, a cardiologist at the Heart Institute of East Texas, said the experience for her family which included her mother, Mariela, also being hospitalized with the flu and subsequently suffering a heart attack, began the day after Christmas.

          ?He was making his rounds and became nauseous,? Gill said. ?He went to the emergency room and they told him they thought he had an upper respiratory infection and sent him home with an antibiotic. My mom began to get sick the next day after caring for him.?

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          http://lufkindailynews.com/news/comm...tml?mode=print
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          <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 140%; font-weight: bold;">Daughter says Lufkin cardiologist with H1N1 is coming out of coma
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          <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 90%;">?My prayers were answered and dad is awake,? she posted. ?Keep the prayers going up.?
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          <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td>By RHONDA OAKS/The Lufkin News</td></tr>
          <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td><a href="http://lufkindailynews.com/news/" target="_blank">The Lufkin Daily News</a>
          Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:39 am
          Updated: 8:29 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.</td></tr>
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          <span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 100%;">'Becca Gill
          Daughter
          Nursing Student,
          Stephen F. Austin State University

          "?I was talking to a nurse at the door of his hospital room when I looked over at him and I saw his eyes open,? she said. ?I said, ?Hi, Daddy,? and he mouthed my name.?

          Gill said her father has not yet spoken, but is responding to verbal commands, making facial expressions and body movements.

          Both Gill and her mother, Mariela, displayed flu-like symptoms early in her dad?s illness, but her mother suffered a heart attack just days after her father became critical.

          ?This has left my dad totally helpless. They tell me it will take months for him to recover, and he was a strong, healthy man.?'

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          Cross-Referenced at:
          Texas: Houston area seasonal flu 2013/2014 [FT#522825]

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          • #6
            Re: Fatal &amp; Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers &amp; Funeral Directors

            Male 49 Years
            Residence: Soldotna, Alaska
            Travel: Arizona

            Originally posted by tetano View Post
            Robert Suder 49, died in his home on Jan. 11, one week after returning from a holiday visit to see his wife and kids in Arizona.

            Suder, who was an optometrist at Visions Optical in Soldotna, returned to work for one day after the trip before calling in sick, said his mother Barbara Gunsolus.

            According to an autopsy performed by the Alaska State Medical Examiners Office, released to the family, Suder tested positive for H1N1 influenza, which progressed to pneumonia. Gunsolus said Suder had complained of a sore throat and congestion and went to go see his doctor, who diagnosed him with bronchitis.

            Three days later his mother found him dead at home in his bathroom.

            ?He was such a healthy person this all happened so fast,? she said.


            http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/201...ed-of-h1n1-flu
            Cross Referenced at:
            Deaths by Influenza at Home or at Work [FT#217528]

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            • #7
              Re: Fatal &amp; Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers &amp; Funeral Directors

              Dr. Wayne Iwao Kodama
              Male Age 52 Years
              Dentist and Farmer
              Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation, Founder
              Obituary


              Originally posted by alert View Post


              http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/30/...ne-kodama.html

              Beloved Fresno dentist Wayne Kodama dies of flu complications
              By Carmen George
              The Fresno Bee
              January 30, 2014
              Updated 22 hours ago
              2014-01-31T03:39:15Z
              By Carmen George

              Wayne Kodama, a beloved longtime Fresno dentist and founder of Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation, died last week from flu complications. He was 52.Dr. Kodama didn't get a flu shot, said his wife, Susan Kodama, who is now urging everyone to get one -- even those who consider themselves healthy, like her husband did."He never had a cold, he never had a flu, he was never sick," Susan said. "He never missed a day of work, never."Dr. Kodama had the flu for about three days before it turned into a bad cough, Susan said. He got treatment about a week later and was hospitalized for two weeks before he died Jan. 24. Doctors suspect his death was related to H3N5, a relatively new flu strain, Susan said.

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              No mention made of H3N5 previously? Let's hope the treating physicians have the courage to either directly correct the reporting error or provide their testing protocol.
              • Fatal & Severe Influenza in Health Care Workers & Funeral Directors [FT#522967]
              • California pH1N1 HFR and CCFR [FT#523154]
              • California - Central Valley North [FT#523327]

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