Coroner confirms Moss Bluff teenager died from H1N1 virus

By Adam Hooper

MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) There are at least 25 confirmed deaths of swine flu in the state of Louisiana. One of the latest deaths related to the virus is right here in the Lake Area. A Moss Bluff family is mourning the loss of 14-year-old Jonathon Fontenot.

"Jonathon was a normal 14-year-old boy. He went to school here in Moss Bluff. He went to Moss Bluff Middle. He was in the 8th grade," said Jonathon's father, Chris Fontenot.

People that knew Jonathon the best say he was very outgoing. He played for the school band and loved hanging out with friends. But earlier in the week, Jonathon mentioned he wasn't feeling well and was diagnosed with the flu on Tuesday. That very same day Jonathan passed away.

The Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke says Jonathan died from complications related to H1N1 Influenza. Welke said there is no cause for alarm. He says this is not the typical outcome for someone diagnosed with swine flu.

"The individuals that have died in the past as a result of this, had some medical complications," said Welke.

After the loss of his son, Jonathon's father is encouraging everyone to get the H1N1 vaccination.

Funeral services for Jonathon are Saturday at Saint Theodore's Catholic Church in Moss Bluff at 10:00am.

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