Original ArticlesInfectious Causes of Death in the Medical Examiner’s OfficeYu, Lynda BA*; Garavaglia, Jan MD†; Wallace, Mark R. MD‡Author Information From the *University of Central Florida; †District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office; and ‡Infectious Disease Department, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL. Manuscript received July 18, 2014; accepted December 16, 2014. The work was performed at the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office. The authors report no conflict of interest. Reprints: Mark R. Wallace, MD, Infectious Disease Department, Orlando Health, 21 W, Columbia St, Ste 102, Orlando, FL. E-mail: email@example.com. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2015 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 36-38 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000139 Buy Metrics Abstract Infectious deaths accounted for 228 (3.4%) of all autopsied cases in a US Medical Examiner’s office. Most infectious deaths were rapid (ill <1 week) and pulmonary sources predominated. Drug users and the homeless were at high risk. Many patients failed to recognize how ill they were and missed opportunities for care. © 2015 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.