For Immediate Release
May 1, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: State Health Officer to provide update
on KDHE response to 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus

News conference scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at Curtis State Office Building, Topeka

This afternoon, Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Health, will provide an update on KDHE’s response to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus outbreak.  Representatives from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Kansas Highway Patrol will be in attendance.  The news conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Curtis State Office Building, 1000 S.W. Jackson St., 5th Floor, Crumbine Room.  Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend. 

A conference call number is available for those media outlets that are unable to attend the news conference.  Instructions for the conference call are:

At the start time (or slightly before): 
    Dial: (877) 278-8131
    When prompted, enter the Conference ID: 105721
    When prompted, enter: 2
    (You will then be placed into the conference.
     You will hear music on hold until the Host speaks.)

KDHE is offering reporters interested in touring the agency’s Department Operations Center (DOC) the opportunity in advance of Friday’s news conference.  The DOC will be open to reporters from 3:00 to 3:20.  Photographs and video will be allowed.  Reporters interested in touring the DOC should email Maggie Thompson ( to arrange to be escorted into the secure area.