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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-57

Forensic identification of cases with infectious diseases such as novel coronavirus pneumonia


1 “Initiative 2011”, Center of Cooperative Innovation for Judicial Civilization, Beijing, 100088; Key Laboratory of Evidence Law and Forensic Science (China University of Political Science and Law), Ministry of Education, Beijing; Center for Medical Law and Ethics, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 100088, China
2 School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing 100088, China

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Xin Liu
Key Laboratory of Department of Evidence Law Education, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing 100088
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_36_20

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Deaths or other legal disputes caused by novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) may require forensic pathological autopsy or forensic clinical identification. During daily forensic identification of cases in which individuals died of infectious diseases, forensic identification agencies and experts should be fully aware of the risk of infection when dissecting and examining such cadavers. Furthermore, forensic identification personnel should always adopt effective protective measures. As a novel infectious disease, research and information on COVID-19 are updated rapidly. Therefore, guidelines should be carefully selected for forensic identification. In addition to the above aspects, this paper has also discussed other common issues during the forensic autopsy of patients who died of infectious diseases, such as professional ethics, informed consent, insurance claims, and environmental protection.


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