For Immediate Release
April 29, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE to brief joint legislative committee on swine flu in Kansas

Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Division of Health, will provide a briefing on swine flu at a joint legislative committee meeting this afternoon.  Members of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and the House Health and Human Services Committee will participate in the briefing.  The briefing will be held at the Statehouse from Noon – 1:00 p.m. in Room 143 N.

As of Wednesday morning, Kansas has not seen any additional confirmed cases of swine flu.  There are still two confirmed cases in the state.  Local health departments, hospitals and other health care providers in Kansas are being continuously updated and provided with information about the swine flu virus.

Earlier this week, the CDC announced that all states would receive a portion of their allocation of antivirals from the federal Strategic National Stockpile.  Kansas has received a portion of its overall federal allocation and distribution planning is underway.

In accordance with the Kansas Response Plan, KDHE is also monitoring and instituting recommendations from CDC for any additional influenza disease surveillance activities, reviewing plans to further enhance those activities, and advising health care providers on how to handle potential swine flu cases.

KDHE has established a phone number for concerned Kansans to call with questions about swine flu.  The toll-free number is 1-877-427-7317.  Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Persons calling will be directed to press “1” on their touch-tone phone to be directed to an operator who will answer questions regarding swine flu.  

Kansans with questions about swine flu can also email H1N1FluInfo@kdheks.gov.  Information about swine flu is available from KDHE at www.kdheks.gov/H1N1/index.htm or www.kdheks.gov.

As with any influenza virus, individuals are encouraged to take the following steps to reduce the chance of spread: