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Louisiana Chief Medical Officer Continues to Update Number of Gustav Fatalities
Department of Health and Hospitals Update
BATON ROUGE, La. (September 5, 2008) - Please find the attached memo sent from Louisiana Chief Medical Officer Louis Cataldie, M.D., regarding fatalities related to Hurricane Gustav:

From: Louis Cataldie, M.D.
To: Secretary Alan Levine
Date: September 5, 2008
Re: Fatalities Related to Hurricane Gustav

This memorandum delineates the current number of confirmed hurricane-related fatalities. As Chief Medical Officer for the state of Louisiana, I am working closely with local coroners and police departments to identify fatalities as a result of Hurricane Gustav and offering assistance to local authorities.

In addition to the 19 fatalities related to Gustav confirmed as of Thursday, Sept. 4, four additional fatalities were confirmed today, bringing the total fatalities related to Hurricane Gustav to 23.

The newly confirmed fatalities consist of:

  • One accidental death in Winn Parish because of a tree-cutting accident
  • One accidental death in St. Charles Parish due to hyperthermia
  • One death in St. Charles Parish due to natural causes
  • One death in St. Charles Parish still under investigation

Any death that is determined by the jurisdictional coroner to have been caused as a result of Hurricane Gustav will be counted as a storm-related death. General criteria for classifying a death as hurricane-related include:

  • Death due to activities associated with evacuation (i.e., evacuation stress precipitates a heart attack)
  • Death due to the effects of the storm itself (i.e., a tree falls on a person during the storm)
  • Death associated with recovery efforts (i.e., a person is electrocuted by a fallen electrical line while cleaning up fallen tree limbs)

I will continue to notify you at the end of each day of newly-confirmed deaths related to Hurricane Gustav.
For the latest on Hurricane Gustav, you can visit emergency.louisiana.gov or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.



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