Bridgeport man died from H1N1 flu

Saturday, February 8, 2014
By Paul Martin
February 7, 2014

Death of a Mono County Resident Related to the Flu

The Mono County Health Department was notified yesterday, February 6th, that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection.

Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy. Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.

Mr. Lee McCoy, 69, of Bridgeport, died recently while on a fishing trip 300 miles off the coast of San Diego. Mr. McCoy boarded the fishing vessel on January 15th, and was reported to be well at the time. Others among the approx. 35 persons on board were already sick, or became sick with respiratory symptoms consistent with influenza. On Jan 21st, 6 days after sailing, Mr. Mc Coy became ill, and died 2 days later on the 23rd. Testing on Mr. McCoy and others on board the vessel have come back positive for the 2009 H1N1 swine influenza, which is the main influenza strain that has been circulating so far this winter.

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