State confirms Soldotna man died of H1N1 flu

Thursday, January 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

January 29, 2014

The sudden death of a Soldotna man earlier this month has been confirmed by the Alaska Department of Health Thursday to be the third fatality linked to the H1N1 flu strain this year.

The deadly flu strain has been the most prolific strand of the flu at Central Peninsula Hospital this season and the virus is one of several being treated by this year’s seasonal flu vaccine.

Although the state could not release the name of the deceased, being restrained by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Greg Wilkinson, spokesperson for the Department of Public Health confirmed the death occurred on Jan. 11 in the gulf region of the state.

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.

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